Maryville officer killed in shooting identified as Kenny Moats
Maryville police identified the officer killed in a shooting as Officer Kenny Moats, 32, Maryville. He was killed by a single bullet wound to the neck, just above his bullet-proof vest.
Charges are expected soon for the suspected shooter, Brian Keith Stalans.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero sent out an announcement that the Henley Bridge will light up blue Friday night in honor of Moats. Knoxville police officers will shroud their badges.
A memorial fund was set up for Moats. You can read more about that here:
Moats' family said they are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from the community.
Funeral arrangements have not been made yet. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service will be in charge of the funeral. At 12 p.m. Saturday, thin blue line bracelets will be available for free to the community. A guestbook will be available to the community starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Other law enforcement agencies offered their services to help the Maryville Police Department during its time of grief. Community members may notice other agencies responding to calls in the area. These officers have authority to act on behalf of Maryville police officers.
Moats worked with the Maryville Police Department since February 2007. In June 2010, he was assigned to traffic as a motor officer. In May 2016, he was assigned to the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force as a drug enforcement agent.
He graduated Walters State Police Academy in December 2005 and before that, graduated Heritage High School in 2002.
Moats was very active with his children.
According to Chief Tony Crisp, Moats' career with the city was stellar. Moats received many commendations from citizens about the work he did while with the police department. He was even recognized as a Readers’ Choice Police Officer by the Readers of the Daily Times in 2011.
Since January, Officer Moats served as president of the Fraternal Order of Police - Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9. Kyle Mitchell, the vice president of the FOP lodge, said Moats was very passionate about its main event, Shop with a Cop.
Mitchell said the lodge is not endorsing any GoFundMe pages. Instead, those with the lodge are encouraging people to donate to a trust fund that's set up the Citizens Bank of Blount County. The money from the fund will go to support his three young children. Donations may be dropped off at any CBBC location, the Marvyille Police Department, Blount County Sheriff's Office or the Alcoa Police Department.
Crisp said, “We are humbled by the outpouring of love and support from the community and beyond. We will forever be grateful for the care our community has shown the family of Officer Moats and the law enforcement community. We know this tragedy will bring our community closer together and that will be a lasting legacy of Officer Moats. We just ask that our community continue to pray for the family of Officer Moats and for the men and women in uniform as we go through this trying time.”
The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. Thursday. Moats and another officer with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force were in the area of Alcoa Trail on an unrelated investigation when they were called to a domestic disturbance. The officers parked about 70 yards behind the home and were able to take the victim into a safe area.
According to police, the officers got behind their car to wait on help to arrive as they watched the house. Police say this is when Stalans, 44, of Kerr Way, Maryville, started shooting from his father's garage. This is when Moats was shot in the neck. Police say the other officer returned fire.
Both officers were wearing bullet-proof vests.
Another officer arrived on scene and returned fire. No other officers were hurt in the shooting.
Police say the two deputies were able to take Stalans into custody and he was taken to the Blount County jail.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is helping out with the investigation.
You can read the original Local 8 News report about what happened here: