On February 8th around 8:30pm, Blount County Sheriff's deputies Greg McCowan and Shelby Eggers were shot during a traffic stop just outside Maryville, Tennessee. McCowan sadly died after being taken to the hospital. Eggers survived her injuries.
A "Blue Alert" was issued shortly after midnight to notify Tennessee residents about the attack on the deputies and get help locating the suspect. The shooter has been identified as 42-year-old Kenneth dehart maryville tn of Alcoa.
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Police are currently hunting 42-year-old Kenneth Wayne DeHart, the man accused of killing one Blount County deputy and injuring another during a traffic stop on February 8th.
DeHart is wanted for first degree murder, attempted murder, and weapon charges. A statewide Blue Alert remains active as the search continues.
According to police, DeHart was pulled over but refused to cooperate or exit his vehicle. After a stun gun had no effect, DeHart allegedly pulled out a gun and shot both deputies, fatally striking officer Greg McCowan. The other deputy survived.
DeHart fled the initial scene in a silver Lexus which was later found abandoned. Authorities believe he remains at large and armed. Residents are asked to check security cameras for any sightings to assist the manhunt.
At this time, 42-year-old Kenneth Wayne DeHart is considered dangerous as police pursue justice for slain officer Greg McCowan. The community is on high alert until DeHart is captured and the tragic case can move forward.
DeHart currently remains at large and is wanted for first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and firearm charges related to Deputy McCowan's death. A manhunt is underway to find DeHart.
Sheriff James Lee Berrong asked residents in the area to check any outside security cameras for suspicious activity that may assist their search for DeHart. The investigation is ongoing to catch the perpetrator and get justice for the fallen officer Greg McCowan.