Messages of prayer are flooding social media today after the shooting death of a police officer from Maryville, Tennessee.
The officer, who was shot and killed Thursday in the line of duty, was 32-year-old Kenny Moats, a father of three small children who was with the Maryville Police Dept. since 2007.
Police Chief Tony Crisp told local media that Moats had recently been assigned to the narcotics unit. Moats and a deputy from Blount County Sheriff’s office– both members of the 5th Judicial District Drug Task Force– were responding to a domestic violence call “involving a gun.” Officers had been to the same location earlier in the day.
When they got to the home, the suspect began shooting and struck Moats in the neck. The gunman, 44-year-old Brian Stalans was taken into custody.
Chief Crisp choked back tears as he asked the public to pray for the officer’s family during this difficult time.
According to knoxnews.com, the last time a Maryville police officer was killed on duty was more than three decades ago. On Feb. 21, 1981, John Michael Callahan II was struck by a drunken driver while riding his patrol motorcycle.
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