Skip to comments.Louisville man shot, killed in his garage by Blount County deputy
Posted on 08/26/2013 8:45:15 PM PDT by Southern by Grace
LOUISVILLE (WATE) - A Blount County man died after being shot by a sheriff's deputy Wednesday night.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Henry C. Taylor, 68, was shot and killed during a confrontation at 1856 Mentor Rd. in Louisville.
Taylor and his wife owned the rental home.
Agents say the property has been the scene of several recent thefts and break-ins.
The Blount County Sheriff's Office responded to the home twice this week to take burglary reports.
A deputy took a report Tuesday from Henry Taylor that several items had been taken from the property including an HVAC unit.
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Funeral arrangements are underway for a 68-year-old Air Force veteran who was gunned down in his own garage by a young Blount County, Tenn. deputy sheriff.
No animals were harmed in this action.
“Put your” BANG BANG BANG “hands” BANG BANG “up” BANG
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
22 yr. old “sheriff” didn’t know how to do his damn job and over reacted.
Snot nose little kid with a gun and a badge pissed all over himself in fear and murdered a home owner and had to come up with a cover story fast.
Call a cop, call the pizza dude. The pizza dude will show up faster, shoot only the bad guy, and have a hot fresh pizza to boot.
Let me guess: The Blount County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and find that the Blount County Sheriff’s Office acted properly.
The get-out-of-jail free card used by cops all across the fruited plain is...
“I feared for my life!”
“Officials say he was inspecting the residence when he found a broken window at a garage on the property.
Deputy Ragland shined his flashlight inside the building and saw a man with a handgun.
Ragland told supervisors he gave verbal commands and fired multiple shots, killing Taylor.”
I’d like to see how they explain this one even though it’ll piss me off.
I’m not sure the explanation will matter, since there’s damn sure no-one to contradict it.
There’s no witnesses to contradict him, you betcha.
You nailed it but don’t worry....FR’s copsuckin’ jackboot thug lovers will be here shortly to tell you how wrong you are....
Better communication was needed with owner if officer was going on property. Many persons including myself in these parts carry when we go outside the house especially at night. All East Tennessee counties have an over abundance of Yotes.
Oh & I'm over 50% hearing loss. But I'll know about anybody coming up my driveway long before they can even get out. I'm not in Blount county but I did have an officer come up one night unannounced. I was outside before he got stopped. We had a major communications issue because he was a K-9 unit and I had a nice big Lab.
After we got dogs to stop barking he said I called 911. I said no my phone is out of order. He left.
I went back in and picked the phone up. It was popping and clicking and by random chance like a rotary phone called 911. LOL. I realized the issue and called Sheriff's office back and said my phone line was doing it and gave them my cell number if it did it again to save them a trip back up in the sticks.
Jack run you off too? LOL. I noticed the WATE source. Bunch of persons likely signed up today. Former KNS readers.
Wow! This awesome! Only 22 YO, and 8 months on the job, and he's managed to bag his first civilian! Skipped right past the Dogs Level; he'll make Captain by 30, at this rate!
Yeah, us old folks who remember what it was like to believe in and trust law enforcement, we’re all those ugly things you said. Amazing how much you sound like my high school hippie friends from the early 70’s.
Anyway, I dont know why some folks think its an either/or thing. We who still respect law enforcement and see it as essential to a healthy conservative culture can still figure out when a LEO is just plain incompetent. Tragic errors were made in this case. All the good outcomes you never hear about, because the result was boring. Nobody died. No dog shot. No helpless old man tased. Just decent people doing their job. It does happen. Does pointing that out really make me such an awful person to you? Times sure have changed, and in such a sad way.
He needed to be partnered for a couple of years and that's not happening anymore. That is where inexperienced younger officers are going to learn things like hey let the owner know you're in his driveway and on his property especially at night. Most will have Dispatch call the residence if at night.
A more seasoned Cop would understand many persons are armed on their own property. Two officers would also allowed one to check the back of the garage and the other to safely call him out or wait for more back up.
The worse thing officers can do is start yelling. If I'm outside my home and I hear someone yelling I don't know who they are especially at night. My first instinct will be draw because where I live no one should be there.
Louisville Tennessee where the man was shot is mostly a rural area patroled by the county sheriffs department. Louisville is mostly a rural community mailing address with a store maybe a school there. It's been a few years since I went through there. I would expect most homeowners to be armed. So would a more experienced deputy.
Welcome newb. Why does the dateline say Louisville when this happened in Tennessee? Hint, Louisville is not in Tennessee.
Louisville, Tennessee is just south of Knoxville.
At that hour, in these parts, no "save a trip" value. Nothing going on anyway, and they patrol within a few miles at all hours.
The phone was taken out of service. It had taken itself offhook, got a dialtone, and called 911. Was offhook when I picked it up.
I don't remember what the dogs were doing, except they weren't around to answer the door. They would be, today. Action at the door is major excitement, the BEST excuse for barking up a storm.
Just across the lake from Concord too. I live near Andersonville myself but we never had no Civil War Battle or prison here. We did have Thunder Road near by though. LOL
Need I say it? At least the officers made it home safely.
Another funny one was in a nearby small town called Norris years ago. I was listening on their frequency about 45 MHZ and heard "This is a national alert. Be on the look out for female" and starting giving description and suddenly went silent.
I had trained ears and noticed it was a different level of modulation & much louder. The officer and dispatcher was saying was that you to each other. I called their PD and said I heard what you heard on the scanner. It was SKIP. The guy said OK who's Skip? LOL.
Good observations all. I worked for a nuke firm once and they made us take a course in root cause analysis, one of the best corporate training experiences I ever had. Bottom line was, for every nasty error made by the guys at the bottom of the responsibility chain, the fault could always be traced back to someone at the top. Training/mentoring, process guidance, personnel qualification and selection criteria, provisioning, staffing budget, etc. And like you say, you can just expect a lot more of that kind of problem when you’re running too thin to function properly. The problem goes to the top, the decisions made that put old school public safety concerns at a lower priority than, say, some worthless new entitlement program.
Your the one sounding like an early 1970’s young’n, not me. This sort of thing is epidemic now. It was not that way in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. (Sure bad events happened with LEO’s but nothing like the quantity of ‘em going on now). Wait until one of these poorly trained, trigger happy streoid taking goons shoots one of your family by ‘mistake’. Or how about you and your family being ordered to ‘shelter in place’, (as was done in Boston following the bombing), so the brownshirts (police), can search your house, with weapons pointed directly at you and your cowering family and innocent loved ones while they do it, trying to find a suspect. Or wait until you or your family are truly wronged by an LEO for some/any reason and his pals lie through their teeth to cover for him. You will sing a different tune then. I’ll bet when the muslim orders police to begin any sort of shelter in place, (Martial Law’), you and your early 1970’s hippie pals will be the first to obey without question. Us older folks will not I can assure you.
Male or female sheriff?
That old school. New school is simple "feared for my safety."
Nobody beleives that a little ankle-biting chihuahua is going to threaten the life of a policeman, so now they fear that they might get scratched, or a rip in their pants.
First, if you think I’m a youngin’, well thanks, but then you must be in your eighties, because I’m just coming to retirement age. You make me feel like I have a whole new life ahead of me. :)
Second, I don’t know where you got off thinking I was a hippie, just because I had some friends who were hippies. You should see my high school yearbook picture. Could not have been more of an ordinary, non-hippie geek. I only said I had friends who were hippies. I was also friends with greasers, jocks and prom queen types. That makes me neither a greaser, a jock or a ... well you get the idea.
And it was my hippie friends who were down on “the man,” like you are now. No police officer could do anything right. The whole system existed for no other reason but to oppress free spirits and stop the free flow of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
Nothing could have been more repugnant to me, then or now. I have always been conservative. But as a Christian I wanted to make friends with people who were very different from me, because, then as now, I wanted be a light of the Gospel to them, if possible. So I think you’ve misunderstood about the hippie reference. In fact, you got it about as backwards as you could get it. But that happens. No skin off my nose.
As for my experience with law officers, I have almost nothing bad to report. They are not all “geniouses” but then neither am I. We’ve worked through a few rough spots, but nothing that would be out of the ordinary. And certainly nothing that would justify sweeping generalizations. Remember, its old-fashioned American individualism that lets conservatives like you and me see people as individuals, both the good ones and the bad ones, and that is a great advantage for us.
So yes, I know there are problems now, and they should get attention, but the bigger problem is it’s the culture that is supplying these people, and the culture is decadent. So you’re getting problems, not just with the police, but with all the vocations. It’s more noticeable with the police because they have an obvious form of power. But corruption happens everywhere now, in bureaucracies, at little league games, in church, you name it. Dishonesty, narcissism, devaluation of human life. You can’t really expect that to work.
And ultimately it won’t work. God’s law is like gravity. You can fight it for a moment, but back down you must come. It is what it is, and a culture that abandons God is a self-correcting problem. Either that culture will return to sanity, or it will self-destruct. That’s it.
Those were good thoughts you had Springer. If you are were in High School in the early ‘70’s and also not yet retired....you are a young’n! Sounds good! I was the largest supporter of anything LEO up until about 10-15 years ago. I have a 100% clean ‘criminal’ history record. No felonies, no misdemeanors I have never been arrested or spent any time behind bars. Zero. (I might have 6 or so speeding tickets in my life, that is it for bad boy behavior), so my negative feelings of disgust with the current out of control LEO situation does not come from any bad interactions I have had with them. It is 100% from TV, internet reports newspaper reports and that youtube place (yeah, I know, B/S in some of all of those also I’m sure). Sure there are good ones. REAL good ones! ‘Down the hill’ into the nearest town from up here in the mountains are the best group of local LEO guys you could ever want to meet and they are friendly, polite, professional and helpful. Everyone knows everyone up here. Quite a few good bull sessions at the 2 local Gun Shops and a few resturants with ‘em. THEY are disturbed with the abuses, the arrogance and the ‘us against them’ mentality that they hear about that are now rampant by LEO’s in other larger population, (about 800 pop. down in their area here) places in America, things that they have heard of just through the LEO grapevine let alone the main stream media. The wrong door raids, no knock invasions, wrongful shootings, wrongful use of force/beatdowns, killing dogs and the steroid thing. etc. etc. The same abuses that has my old butt so in a tizzy. The acceptance standards for new LEO’s now needs to be rolled back to a past era. The trainee instruction needs to be lengthened and they need to have a drug testing program in place. (If ballplayers go through it so should America’s LEO’s). I have heard LEO’s make next to nothing in yearly salary, 60-80K(???) per in the large cities, without overtime), and that is the prime reason why I can’t figure out why anyone would want to be LEO. The good ones, (and I include the ones who will NOT lie to cover up another ‘brothers’ criminal or unethical actions), deserve a lot more dough as far as I am concerned. Later.
If a 22 year old doesn’t know to respect a man’s private property and not shoot a Sovereign Citizen, he has no business being a Peace Officer by virtue of incompetence.
Since there is no indication that he has been declared mentally incompetent, one must conclude that his department *trained* him otherwise.
Only government employees think they should be taken perfectly seriously when they suggest that the deaths of their employers should be treated lightly: “oopsies, NEXT time we’ll do better....”
And no dogs were killed.