Sheriff: Fatal shooting of homeowner by deputy was a 'tragic incident'

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(WBIR-Louisville) The Blount County Sheriff calls the fatal shooting of a property owner by a deputy Wednesday night a tragic incident.

Henry C. Taylor was killed at a rental home on Mentor Road in Louisville, by Deputy Ernest Ti Ragland, 22, who was doing a promised check on the property.

Earlier in the evening, Ragland was called to the property to take a report about several items that had been stolen. He promised Taylor's wife that he would check on the property throughout the night.

Sheriff James Berrong says it was the third time this week a deputy had been to the house about stolen property. On Tuesday, another deputy took a report from Taylor about missing items, including an HVAC unit.

Around 10 pm Wednesday, Deputy Ragland was back at the property as promised. He told supervisors that he saw a broken window in the garage, and went to investigate. He said he shined a flashlight inside the building and saw a man with a handgun. He said he gave verbal commands, and fired multiple shots, fatally injuring Taylor.

Sheriff Berrong says Deputy Ragland is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the TBI investigation into the incident and the Blount County Sheriff's Office internal affairs investigation.

Ragland has been employed with the Blount County Sheriff's Office since December 2012 as a patrolman.

"This is a very tragic incident," Sheriff Berrong said. "Deputy Ragland was performing the promised property checks on the residence, and both individuals reacted. We are all deeply saddened by the chain of events that took place last night."

Neighbors call Taylor "nice," "hardworking"

Mother and daughter Kim Crisp and Kayla Croy rented land from Henry Taylor. They lived in the neighborhood for the last six years.

Croy remembered hearing the gunshots Wednesday night. She said it was unorthodox in this quiet community on the edge of Louisville.

"I'm not sure how to explain it," Croy said. "It was like bam, bam, bam, bam, bam..."

They told 10News Taylor owned the house he was shot in and lived there at one time. In a listing in a old phone book, it said Henry Taylor lived at 1856 Mentor Road, the address of the fatal shooting.

"They used to live in that house he was shot at, and that's where he was when he moved here," Crisp added.









The mother and daughter said they do not know the events that lead up to the shooting, but called him "nice" and "hardworking." Crisp said Taylor also worked with the post office, and was planning to retire in the near future.

"I think you need somebody to stand up to, and I would stand up to Henry and his wife anyday," Crisp said.


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The man who was shot and killed by a Blount County deputy owned the property where the shooting happened, according to a neighbor.

Kim Chrisp and her daughter, Kayla Croy, live in a mobile home near the garage where the fatal shooting happened.  They say Henry C. Taylor owned the land they and several other tenants live on.

The garage where Taylor was shot is also located on the same property.

Christ says she's known Taylor for six years, and described him as a great guy.  She she's she's shocked that something like this could happen to him.

Croy told 10News she heard 6 to 8 shots Thursday night. 

The Blount County Sheriff's Office is not commenting on the investigation.

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(WBIR-Louisville) A Blount County deputy shot and killed a man in Louisville Wednesday night about 10 p.m.

According to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation release, on Wednesday night, deputies were checking on a rental property that was allegedly burglarized earlier that day. During the patrol of the home, a deputy found a person inside the garage on the property.

TBI spokesperson Kristin Helm confirmed in release that the deputy shot and killed Henry C. Taylor, 68, of Louisville. The deputy wasn't injured during the shooting. Officials transported Taylor's remains to undergo an autopsy at the University of Tennessee.

TBI is investigating events leading up to the shooting. Once its investigation is complete, the TBI will turn it over to the District Attorney for review.

We don't know the name of the officer involved in the shooting. Stay with 10News and for the latest developments.

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(WBIR-Louisville) Authorities reopened a section of a Blount County road after it had to be shut down following a late night disturbance.

Blount County deputies responded to some sort of a disturbance call at about 10 p.m. on Mentor Road Wednesday night . For some reason, they had to shut down a section of that road in Louisville early Thursday morning.

Blount County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Marian O'Briant said they won't release any information about what exactly happened until late Thursday morning.

We'll keep you updated with any developments on and 10News at Noon.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted the Blount County Sheriff's Office's characterization of the shooting. The story has been updated to reflect the accurate information.

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