Property owner killed by sheriff’s deputy

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The owner of an East Tennessee rental property that had been the scene of thefts and break-ins has been fatally wounded by a sheriff’s deputy conducting a property check.

The Blount County sheriff’s office said 68-year-old Henry C. Taylor was shot Wednesday night when 22-year-old Deputy Ernest Ti Ragland went to the property in Louisville (LOO’-ihs-vill) and found a broken garage window. A news release Thursday said Ragland saw a man inside with a handgun. He said he gave verbal commands and fired multiple shots, striking Taylor and killing him.

The sheriff’s office had responded to the property twice this week, including earlier Wednesday. Ragland took that report and told Taylor’s wife he would check the property throughout the night.

Sheriff James Lee Berrong called the incident “tragic.”

Ragland, who has been employed with the sheriff’s office since December, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of investigations.