MARYVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Police Benevolent Association has established a fund to aid the family of Blount County Deputy Greg McCowan, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty. Deputy McCowan was fatally shot while on duty Thursday night, with Deputy Shelby Eggers sustaining injuries in the same incident.

Amid an outpouring of support and inquiries about how to assist McCowan’s family, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office announced via Facebook that a dedicated fund link has been set up through the Tennessee Police Benevolent Association’s website. All contributions received through this channel will directly benefit McCowan’s family, according to the TPBA.

McCowan, 43, is survived by his children, Cayley and Cayden, as well as his granddaughter, Ella. Smith Funeral Home in Maryville is overseeing arrangements for McCowan’s funeral.

A deputy since 2020, McCowan was engaged in a traffic stop on Sevierville Road in Maryville when a gunman, identified as Kenneth Wayne DeHart, Jr., 42, opened fire, fatally striking McCowan and injuring Deputy Eggers. Eggers, who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg, received medical treatment and has since been released.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the deputies attempted to subdue DeHart with a Taser before the shooting occurred.

DeHart now faces charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the incident. Following the attack, he fled the scene, and law enforcement later discovered his abandoned Lexus in the Wildwood area of Blount County. DeHart, characterized as armed and dangerous, has a history of violence, prompting a widespread search involving multiple law enforcement agencies for the suspect, who hails from Alcoa.

Additionally, DeHart’s brother and girlfriend have been charged with aiding and abetting him after the fact.

In the wake of this tragic loss, the community continues to rally around the McCowan family, with donations to support them pouring in through the TPBA fund. As the search for DeHart intensifies, law enforcement agencies are urging anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward, emphasizing the urgency of ensuring public safety.

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