A drug task force police officer in Maryville was shot and killed on Thursday afternoon while responding to a domestic call, according to WATE.
But the sheriff says deputies followed the law in deciding not to make an arrest when they responded to an earlier call Thursday about a domestic disturbance between the suspect and his father.
Kenny Moats, 32, was pronounced dead at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, according to a Maryille Police Department news release Friday.
The other investigator, a Blount County deputy, returned fire on Stalans.
The chief said at that time the suspect became cooperative with authorities and was taken into custody.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp did not reveal the identity of the deceased officer, saying the officer's family had not yet been notified.
Crisp said the deceased officer was the father of three small children.
Police said that a man named Brian Keith Stalons came out and shot the Maryville Police officer.
Moats' family said they are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from the community.
Officer Moats has been with the City of Maryville Police Department since February 2007 and in June of 2010 was assigned to traffic as a motor officer.
A police officer who was fatally shot responding to a dispute between a father and son in eastern Tennessee had been wearing a bullet-proof vest, but he was struck in the neck. This is a very trying time for his family and for the men and women of the Maryville Police Department.
The shooting happened around 4 p.m. near the corner of Kerrway Lane and Alcoa Trail, Crisp said.
According to police, the officers got behind their auto to wait on help to arrive as they watched the house.
That person has been taken into custody, but has yet to be identified. He is being held pending charges that will likely be filed on Friday, the Sheriff's Office said. "It's a trying time for law enforcement in this community", Crisp said. Another Blount County deputy arrived on scene and also fired at Stalans.
The law enforcement officers parked their vehicle at a residence about 70 yards behind the house from which the call originated, the news release states.