A Maryville (TN) Police Department officer has died after being shot at an address southwest of Pellissippi Parkway Thursday, according to Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp.
A suspect is in custody, Crisp said.
Authorities previously had said the man was a Blount County deputy. That was incorrect.
Crisp, joined by Blount County Sheriff Jim Berrong, made the announcement from University of Tennessee Medical Center where the officer was taken.
The officer’s name was not released.
Berrong said the sheriff’s office had responded to the address earlier in the day for a domestic violence call. There was not enough probable cause to take a suspect into custody at that time, he said.
Officials received another call later Thursday afternoon related to a domestic violence situation involving a gun at the same address, Berrong said.
Two narcotics officers, one a Blount County Sheriff’s Deputy and the other a Maryville Police Officer, who were doing a narcotics investigation in the area responded, Crisp said.
The officers were members of the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force.
When the officers got out of their vehicle, the suspect came out of the house with a gun and started shooting, Crisp said.
“Unfortunately, we have an officer who was a Maryville Police Officer who was shot and killed,” he said.
Crisp said the Blount County Sheriff’s Deputy returned fire, but did not strike the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody and is being held at the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
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