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A Deputy in Tennessee Was Discovered Fatally Shot Inside a Burning Home.! Latest News!

A suspect was apprehended Monday following an hours-long standoff with authorities who suspected him of fatally shooting a Tennessee deputy and torching her home, officials said.

James Jackson Conn, 27, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated arson in the death of Savannah Puckett, 22, according to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

According to jail records, he was being held without bond at the Robertson County Detention Facility.

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According to the agency, he was arrested after state and local investigators pounced on his residence in Smyrna, Tennessee, southeast of Nashville. According to NBC station WSMV, authorities arrived shortly after 6 a.m. and demanded his surrender over a bullhorn.

When Conn refused to cooperate, authorities allegedly fired smoke bombs through his window. Conn was eventually apprehended without incident, according to the FBI.

Savanna Puckett, patrol deputy.
Savanna Puckett, patrol deputy.
Sheriff of Robertson County
Conn was identified by the agency as a “friend” of Puckett’s. According to the neighbour, Conn stated to WSMV that he was dating Puckett.

Puckett, a four-year veteran of the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, was discovered by a colleague after failing to report to her 5 p.m. shift Sunday, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

A Deputy in Tennessee Was Discovered Fatally Shot Inside a Burning Home.! Latest News!
A Deputy in Tennessee Was Discovered Fatally Shot Inside a Burning Home.! Latest News!

According to the agency, the colleague discovered her home “engulfed in flames.” The deputy attempted to enter the home but was unable to do so owing to the fire.

According to the sheriff’s office, firefighters came and entered the home, where they discovered Puckett shot. At the scene, she was pronounced deceased.

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“Words are inadequate to explain the loss and anguish that Savanna’s family and her Sheriff’s Office are experiencing right now,” Sheriff Michael Van Dyke said in a statement. “This is a disaster that we are dealing with on a minute-by-minute basis. Please keep Savanna and her family in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the Sheriff’s Office.”

It was not immediately clear whether Jackson has retained counsel. Monday’s attempts to contact relatives were futile.

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