UPDATE 8:30 p.m. Friday: Bond is set at $1.5 million for Brian K. Stalans, the suspect in the shooting death of Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats.
Stalans' first court date is 1:30 p.m. Monday in Blount County General Sessions Court.
UPDATE 7:30 p.m. Friday: Blount County authorities suspect the man charged in the killing of a Maryville police officer was setting up law enforcement "for an ambush."
Brian K. Stalans, faces five charges filed Friday including criminal homicide related to the shooting death of a Maryville Police Officer. The homicide charge includes capital murder, Blount County Sheriff Jim Berrong said at a 6 p.m. press conference.
Authorities allege Stalans, 44, shot and killed Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats when Moats and another officer responded Thursday to a domestic violence incident at Stalans’ house on Kerrway Lane.
Stalans was being held Friday at the Blount County Detention Facility.
According to the Sheriff's Office, investigators found a letter at Stalans' house after the shooting in which he blamed family as well as Blount County authorities "for his problems."
Investigators also learned that he had purchased .45-caliber ammunition on Thursday, before the shooting.
Signs had grown during the day of trouble at Stalans' house.
On Thursday morning, police had gone to the neighborhood amid reports of a conflict between him and his father Kenneth Stalans. The father did not appear to have suffered an injury and so authorities took no action, according to Berrong.
Later that day, before he shot Moats, authorities allege, Stalans fired a shot at his house. Stalans' girlfriend, whose name has not been released, then went to Alcoa police for help.
That's when Moats and a partner arrived on the scene, near Stalans' house. They were on duty with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force nearby.
"After investigators arrived, they had time to get Stalans' father to safety," according to a release from the Sheriff's Office. "Meanwhile, Stalans made his way to the basement garage of the residence. The narcotics officers had positioned their vehicle in a driveway about 70 yards award form the residence. As they were taking cover behind their vehicle, Stalans opened fire on them from the garage, shooting his .45-caliber pistol five times, striking Officer Moats in the neck."
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Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said Kenny Moats, 32, of Maryville had a “stellar” nine-year career.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with officer Moats’ family, and the men and women who worked with him on a daily basis here at the Maryville Police Department,” Crisp said at a news conference Friday.
Crisp asked for the community to continue to pray for Moats’ children and family.
“It’s a sad day yesterday, and the days ahead will be sad,” Crisp said.
Crisp said a number of people have already reached out to help the family and police department.
KenJo Markets established a memorial fund for Moats, according to the city of Maryville's website.
Anyone who wishes to contribute to the fund can drop off donations at CBBC Bank or the city of Maryville. The city asks to make checks payable to the Kenny Moats Memorial Fund.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.
The sheriff’s office identified the suspect in Moats’ shooting death as Brian Keith Stalans, 44, of Maryville.
Authorities took Stalans into custody Thursday afternoon.
Blount County Sheriff James L. Berrong said Friday he “anticipates charges shortly.”
“We have full confidence this person will be brought to justice,” Crisp said. “We have confidence in the judicial system that we have.”
A candlelight service for Moats is scheduled at the Blount County Courthouse at 8 p.m. Friday.