Standoff ends with discovery of Loudon Co. teen's body

Standoff ends with discovery of Loudon Co. teen's body

Michael Harvey (shown in 9th grade school photo) Michael Harvey (shown in 9th grade school photo)

March 13, 2004

LOUDON CO. (WATE) -- Michael Harvey, the teen accused of shooting and killing a Loudon County sheriff's deputy, was found dead Saturday afternoon in the home where he had held police in a standoff.

Harvey, a junior at Lenoir City High School, was wanted for the shooting and killing of Loudon County sheriff's deputy Jason Scott. [ officer killed ]

Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider said Saturday afternoon a team of officers entered the home through the garage and checked each room using a camera. When they reached an upper bedroom they discovered the teen's body. Guider said it appears the boy took his own life with a single gunshot wound to the head.

It appeared to officers that he had taken his life 18-20 hours before his body was found.

"Right now there's a lot of sadness," Guider said tearfully.

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Scott was a three-year veteran of the sheriff's department. Police say Harvey shot him as the deputy stepped out of his car Friday morning in front of the Harvey family's Loudon County home. He was pronounced dead at UT Medical Center after being transported by Lifestar helicopter.

Scott was responding to a 911 call from Michael Harvey's mother following a violent fight.

Friday, 8:30 a.m. Deputy Jason Scott responds to a domestic violence call at the Harvey house and is gunned down.
Friday, 11:45 a.m. Four other deputies are wounded by debris as Harvey shoots at them.
Friday, 2:00 p.m. Officers hear movement within the house for the last time.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. After attempts to contact Harvey fail again, tear gas and stun grenades are used.
Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Officers enter the home and find Michael Harvey's body.
Teams of officers remained posted around the house for more than 24 hours. According to Knox County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight Van DeVate, more than 150 officers are involved in the standoff.

The officers made several attempts to communicate with Harvey, but the teen never answered phone calls or respond to calls issued from a loudspeaker mounted on a SWAT team armored personnel carrier.

With daylight Saturday, law enforcement officers continued several more attempts to make contact with the teen. They also lobbed tear gas and used stun grenades in hopes of getting some kind of response. But the officers didn't know at the time that Harvey had been dead since Friday afternoon.

Michael Harvey was the son of Loudon County assistant district attorney Frank Harvey.


6 News reporter Tearsa Smith contributed to this report.

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