Tennessee fugitive’s brother, girlfriend arrested as manhunt continues for suspect accused of killing deputy

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The relative and woman of a man wanted for sidesplitting a Tennessee constabulary deputy and wounding a 2nd person been arrested arsenic nan manhunt for nan fishy enters its 4th time connected Monday.

Kenneth DeHart, 42, is accused of fatally shooting Blount County Sheriff's Deputy Greg McCowan, 43, and injuring Deputy Shelby Eggers, 22, during a postulation extremity successful Maryville connected Thursday evening.

DeHart's brother, 41-year-old Marcus DeHart, has been arrested and accused of being an accessory for aiding nan fishy aft nan homicide, Blount County District Attorny Ryan Desmond announced Friday. The relative was jailed, and Desmond said he faced a Monday tribunal appearance. 

A female identified by media outlets arsenic nan shooting suspect's girlfriend, 32-year-old Carrie Mathews, was arrested Thursday nighttime connected her ain "accessory aft nan fact" complaint successful adjoining Sevier County, wherever records show she was jailed Saturday.

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Following nan 2 arrests, authorities encouraged nan nationalist to travel guardant pinch accusation astir DeHart’s whereabouts, expanding nan reward to $100,000.

"Somebody knows wherever he’s at. Somebody is protecting him," Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Director David Rausch said Sunday. "My mobility to them is why?"

The deputies had initiated a postulation extremity connected a athletics inferior conveyance for suspicion of erratic driving erstwhile nan driver, identified arsenic DeHart, refused to time off nan vehicle, TBI said successful a news release. The deputies deployed a stun weapon to nary effect.

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At immoderate point, nan driver produced a weapon and opened fire, striking some deputies, according to nan agency. At slightest 1 lawman returned occurrence while DeHart drove distant from nan scene.

McCowan, who began his full-time profession astatine nan sheriff’s agency successful 2020 aft moving arsenic a reserve deputy, was pronounced dormant astatine a hospital.

Warrants person been issued for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree execution and felon successful possession of a firearm successful nan manhunt for DeHart.

"We’re going to move each stone over," Rausch said. "We’ll find him, there’s nary doubt." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.