UPDATE as of 6 PM:
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Marcus DeHart, the brother of Kenneth DeHart Jr., a fugitive suspected of fatally shooting Deputy Greg McCowan and injuring Deputy Shelby Eggers during a traffic stop. Marcus DeHart is charged with accessory after the fact and is held on a $1 million bond. The search for Kenneth DeHart continues, with a reward exceeding $80,000 offered by various entities. Law enforcement agencies believe DeHart may still be in East Tennessee but may have left Blount County. The TBI issued a Blue Alert for DeHart and obtained warrants for his arrest. Citizens are urged not to approach DeHart, as he is considered armed and dangerous. The abandoned silver Lexus he was driving was found in the Wildwood area. Authorities are asking residents with security cameras to review footage for any sightings of DeHart. The community is urged to report any information to the BCSO or TBI.
Deputy Greg McCowan was killed in an officer-involved shooting during a traffic stop on Sevierville Road in Blount County. Deputy Shelby Eggers was injured but released from the hospital. The suspect, identified as Kenneth Dehart, is wanted for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and being a felon in possession of a handgun. He is believed to be on foot in the Wildwood area. A statewide Blue Alert and TBI Most Wanted listing have been issued for him. Law enforcement agencies are asking for public assistance in locating Dehart, and a reward exceeding $70,000 is offered for information leading to his arrest. The FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are aiding local law enforcement in the investigation. Preliminary information suggests Dehart refused to cooperate during the traffic stop, fired shots at the deputies, and fled the scene.
Fallen Blount County Deputy Greg McCowan transferred with a procession to the funeral home
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