Update on Murder Investigation into Blount County Deputy Greg McCowan Including Funeral Arrangements for Fallen Officer

Update on Murder Investigation into Blount County Deputy Greg McCowan Including Funeral Arrangements for Fallen Officer

The hunt for Kenneth DeHart continues.

A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Blue Alert remains active for him, he is suspected in the shooting of two Blount County Deputies Thursday, Deputies Shelby Eggers and Deputy Greg McCowan who died as a result of his injuries. The shooting happened Thursday night following a traffic stop on Sevierville Road. The suspect, Kenneth Dehart, reportedly shot both deputies and Deputy Eggers was able to return fire. She was shot in the leg and is at home recovering from her injuries.

Sheriff James Berrong says the search for Dehart continues and they will find him. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office and over 150 agencies continue to search for DeHart.

Dehart is considered armed and dangerous. Please call 9 1 1 if you see him. Please call 1-800- TBI FIND if you have any information. There is a reward of $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.

The brother and girlfriend of Kenneth Dehart, the man accused of shooting two Blount County deputies killing Deputy Greg McCowan are in jail for helping him.

His brother, Marcus Dehart, is due in court Monday at 1:30 p.m. on accessory after the fact charges. He is being held on a one million dollar bond.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth DeHart’s girlfriend, Carrie Matthews, she is also charged with accessory after the fact in connection to the death of deputy Greg McCowan.

Funeral arrangements have been announced. The family of Deputy Greg McCowan will receive friends tomorrow from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Sevier Heights Baptist Church on Maloney Road in Knoxville.

Funeral service will full Police Honors will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 PM at Sevier Heights Baptist Church with the Interment to follow at Grandview Cemetery.

The community is welcome to sign the guest book today from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM at Smith Funeral & Cremation Service on Tuckaleechee Pike in Maryville.

Many are asking who is, Blount County Deputy Greg McCowan.

Sheriff James Berrong says Deputy McCowan was always smiling and friendly to everyone. He was awarded the Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving commendation in April 2021 for his part in saving the life of a man trapped in a burning vehicle. He was an EMR and was also recently accepted on the Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiations team and was excited to put his recent certification to use.

He graduated from the academy in October 2020. The Sheriff says McCowan was a hero both in life and in his death.

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