A tragic incident unfolded during a routine traffic stop on Thursday evening, leading to the death of Deputy Greg McCowan, a dedicated law enforcement officer. The search for the suspect, Kenneth Dehart, who allegedly shot and killed McCowan and injured another deputy, continues as authorities intensify efforts to bring him to justice.

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Deputy McCowan, 43, was conducting a traffic stop in the 4900 block of Sevierville Road in Maryville, Tennessee, when the incident occurred. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, the suspect, identified as Kenneth Dehart, reportedly refused to cooperate and escalated the situation by firing shots, fatally injuring Deputy McCowan and injuring Deputy Shelby Eggers.

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Sheriff James Lee Berrong expressed profound sorrow over the loss of Deputy McCowan, describing him as a hero both in life and in death. McCowan, who began his career as a deputy in 2020, was highly regarded for his dedication to duty and his exemplary service to the community. He was commended in 2021 for his role in saving the life of a man trapped in a burning vehicle, highlighting his bravery and selflessness.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office, along with multiple law enforcement agencies, is actively pursuing Dehart, who is wanted on warrants for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. A reward exceeding $60,000 has been offered for information leading to Dehart’s arrest, underscoring the urgency of apprehending the suspect.

As the manhunt intensifies, authorities have urged the public to remain vigilant and report any sightings of Dehart. Citizens are advised not to approach the suspect, as he is considered armed and dangerous. Instead, individuals are encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately if they have any information regarding Dehart’s whereabouts.

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The tragic loss of Deputy Greg McCowan has sent shockwaves throughout the community, highlighting the dangers that law enforcement officers face daily in the line of duty. As the investigation unfolds and the search for the suspect continues, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring justice for Deputy McCowan and his family, while also safeguarding the safety and well-being of the community.