Officer killed while responding to 2nd domestic call at home

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a police officer who was fatally shot in eastern Tennessee was responding to the second domestic disturbance in the same day at the home.

Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said officers lacked probable cause to take the suspect into custody the first time they were called to the home in Maryville, on Thursday morning. A second call that afternoon reported more violence, and a gun involved.

The sheriff’s office says 44-year-old Brian Keith Stalans came out firing and fatally wounded the officer before being taken into custody. Spokeswoman Marian O’Briant said charges were likely on Friday.

Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said his officer had three small children. He was not immediately identified so that his family could be told first of his death.

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