Blount County Sheriff: Shooting suspect set officers up for an ambush

Published: Aug. 26, 2016 at 6:01 PM EDT
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Brian Keith Stalans, 44, Maryville, is charged with criminal homicide of Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats and four counts of aggravated assault. Investigators believe Stalans set officers up for an ambush.

His bond was set at $1.5 million and his court date is scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m..

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Berrong said officers found a letter in Stalans' home that blamed a family member and the Blount County Sherriff's Office for his problems.

Stalans does have a history of violent tendencies.

His wife and daughter have an active order of protection against him in Sullivan County. You can read more about that in this Local 8 News original report:


According to investigators, deputies responded to a domestic call at Stalans' home Thursday morning. After that, investigators say Stalans went to a local store and bought a box of ammunition matching the rounds used when Moats and his partner arrived at the home just before 4 p.m. on a second domestic call.

The victims in the domestic calls, Stalans' girlfriend and his father, told law enforcement that during the second call, Stalan fired a round into the house 20 to 30 minutes before Moats and a Blount County deputy arrived. Investigators say a child was in the home at the time. Stalans' girlfriend said she left and went to the Alcoa Police Department to file a report on Stalans' abuse.

After Moats and his partner got to the home, they were able to get Stalans' father to safety. At this time, investigators say, Stalans made his way to the basement garage. Moats and the deputy tried to take cover behind their car, parked about 70 yards away from the home. Investigators say Stalans opened fire on them from the garage, shooting his .45 caliber pistol five times and hitting Moats in the neck.

Investigators say that's when the deputy returned fire, shooting his weapon at Stalans twice.

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.

There was another domestic call at Stalan's home on March 23, 2016. He was not arrested nor charged.

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