TENNESSEE: Manhunt underway for shooting suspect Wanted on first-degree murder, attempted murder charges

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Authorities in Blount County have launched a manhunt for a suspect accused of shooting two deputies during a traffic stop, resulting in the death of one deputy. The suspect, Kenneth DeHart, 42, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, as well as being a felon in possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting.

The shooting of two Blount County deputies occurred on Thursday evening in the 4900 block of Sevierville Road in Maryville, Tennessee. DeHart is currently on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s “most wanted” list. The search for the suspect is ongoing, as he is believed to be on foot and considered armed and dangerous.

In addition to the suspect, DeHart, his 41-year-old brother, Marcus DeHart, was taken into custody on Friday on charges of aiding the defendant after the commission of the homicide. He is being held on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Authorities are offering over $80,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspect, as they urge those in the area to check for video or photos of any activity near their residence that may be related to the incident. The sheriff’s office is committed to capturing the suspect and ensuring the safety of the community.

During a press briefing, Blount County Sheriff James Berrong expressed his sorrow for the loss of Deputy Greg McCowan, who was killed in the line of duty. McCowan, 43, was commended for his heroic actions in saving a man trapped in a burning vehicle. He is remembered as a hero by his colleagues, and his tragic death has left the Sheriff’s office devastated.

Deputy Shelby Eggers, 22, who returned fire during the incident, was shot in the leg but has since been released from the hospital. The community is mourning the loss of Deputy McCowan and supporting the authorities in their efforts to bring the suspect to justice.