A man wanted on child pornography charges was shot and killed early Wednesday morning by a Knoxville-based FBI agent.
According to the FBI, agents were attempting to execute a search warrant and arrest warrant at a home on Stapleton Road in New Market around 7:30 am.
The suspect, Scott Edward Evans, was wanted for distribution and possession of child pornography. He was shot and died as a result of his injuries.
Evans was charged with Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography. The court documents show that Evans is accused of exchanging hundreds of emails with an Australian citizen who "distributed child pornography to hundreds of individuals worldwide."
It appears the Australian citizen used Craigslist to find people who were interested in receiving and distributing child pornography. Emails exchanged between July 31, 2012 and October 29, 2012 appeared to show that Evans could provide sexually explicit photos of young girls.
The FBI accessed Evans' emails, and found numerous images of child pornography.
The search warrant to be executed Wednesday was for Evans' home and vehicle for further evidence of these crimes.
Neighbors in the small town were quick to react, many sharing the same shocked feelings.
"It's so quiet out in here, you wouldn't expect anything that out in here. I mean I imagine it could be anywhere, but not where you live," said Joyce Roberts, who lives nearby. "It's shocking. A little disturbing."
"It's just nasty, I mean anybody that would want to look at a kid like that, you're sick," said James Beaver, a New Market resident and father of two young girls. "There's a difference between right and wrong. Especially with children, he knew what was going to happen or what could happen."
The shooting incident is under investigation by the FBI's Inspection Division.
Stapleton Road has been blocked by Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies since Wednesday morning, and Sheriff Bud McCoig said it will likely by blocked off for at least another day. A deputy told 10News the road was blocked because of "family sensitivity."
The FBI tells 10News that this case is not connected to a child porn investigation where a person of interest was seen wearing a t-shirt with the words "New Market" on it.