“Manhunt” underway in Tennessee after a sheriff’s deputy is killed and another wounded

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – A manhunt is currently underway in Maryville, Tennessee after a devastating incident involving a traffic stop. During the stop, Blount County sheriff’s deputies Greg McCowan, 43, and Shelby Eggers, 22, were shot. Tragically, McCowan was fatally wounded, while Eggers sustained injuries and is currently recovering. The suspect in the shooting has been identified as Kenneth DeHart, 42, who is considered armed and dangerous.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation stated that DeHart faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, and authorities are urging anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to contact the Blount County Sheriff’s Office or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A reward of $62,500 is being offered for information leading to his arrest, including a significant donation from gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson.

During the traffic stop, the driver refused to exit the vehicle, and when a taser was deployed with no effect, DeHart produced a gun and fired shots, striking both deputies. McCowan, who had joined the Blount County Sheriff’s Office full time in 2020, tragically lost his life, while Eggers, who started her career at the sheriff’s office in 2019, is currently recovering from her injuries.

In an emotional news conference, Sheriff James Lee Berrong asked for prayers for the families of the deputies and the entire Blount County Sheriff’s Office. He also acknowledged the dedication and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and the importance of supporting and respecting them.

As the manhunt continues, the community is on edge and authorities are urging caution as they search for DeHart. The tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers face in the line of duty, and the urgent need for public support and safety measures for those who risk their lives to protect their communities.