MARYVILLE, TN (WATE) – A Maryville police officer was shot and killed Thursday afternoon near Alcoa. The suspect, Brian Keith Stalans, 44, was taken into custody and is being held for investigation. Charges are expected to be filed Friday.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp and Blount County Sheriff James Berrong held a joint news conference at UT Medical Center. They said it started just before 4 p.m. with a domestic call on Alcoa Trail about a suspect with a gun. Two narcotics officers, one a Blount County deputy and one a Maryville officer, both with the 5th Judicial District Drug Task Force, were nearby and responded to the scene.
When the officers arrived, they parked around 70 yards behind the house and were able to take the victim of the domestic disturbance, Stalans’s father, to a safe area. They then got behind their vehicle, waiting on help to arrive while watching the house. As they were taking cover, officials say Stalans opened fire from the garage, hitting the Maryville officer in the neck. He was rushed to UT Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The other investigator returned fire. Another Blount County deputy arrived on scene and also fired at Stalans. He was taken into custody and is being held at the Blount County Detention Center.
Officers had been called to the house earlier in the day for another domestic call involving Stalans and his father. At the time, deputies did not have cause to arrest him.
Both Blount County deputies are on leave with pay, per standard procedure. None of the officers involved have been identified.
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“We ask our citizens to remember this officer’s family. He has three small children. It’s a very trying time for his family. It’s a trying time for the men and women of the Maryville Police Department. It’s a trying time for the law enforcement in this community,” said Crisp, holding back tears.
Sheriff’s offices in Loudon and Anderson counties say some of their deputies are in Blount County and Maryville helping patrol. Numerous officers from multiple jurisdictions gathered at UT Medical Center as a show of support.
Stalans currently has an active order of protection against him in Sullivan County.