Louisville man shot, killed in his garage by Blount deputy

Louisville man shot, killed in his garage by Blount County deputy

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Officers are seen looking for evidence outside the home at 1856 Mentor Rd. Officers are seen looking for evidence outside the home at 1856 Mentor Rd.
A body was seen being removed from the house. A body was seen being removed from the house.
"I was watching TV and I heard gunshots," said neighbor Ron Storrie. "I'm sure it was a pistol." "I was watching TV and I heard gunshots," said neighbor Ron Storrie. "I'm sure it was a pistol."
"I went down to the side of the road with my dog and an officer proceeded to tell me to get back inside my house," said neighbor Nathan Wolf. "I went down to the side of the road with my dog and an officer proceeded to tell me to get back inside my house," said neighbor Nathan Wolf.
Kim Crisp and her daughter Kayla Croy have rented a mobile home from Taylor for six years. Both women say Henry Taylor was an amazing person. Kim Crisp and her daughter Kayla Croy have rented a mobile home from Taylor for six years. Both women say Henry Taylor was an amazing person.

LOUISVILLE (WATE) - A Blount County man died after being shot by a sheriff's deputy Wednesday night.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Henry C. Taylor, 68, was shot and killed during a confrontation at 1856 Mentor Rd. in Louisville.

Taylor and his wife owned the rental home.

Agents say the property has been the scene of several recent thefts and break-ins.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office responded to the home twice this week to take burglary reports.

A deputy took a report Tuesday from Henry Taylor that several items had been taken from the property including an HVAC unit.

Deputy Ernest Ti Ragland, 22, responded to the home Wednesday evening around 7 p.m. and took a report from Mrs. Taylor of another burglary of several items.

Ragland returned to conduct a property check around 10 p.m.

Officials say he was inspecting the residence when he found a broken window at a garage on the property.

Deputy Ragland shined his flashlight inside the building and saw a man with a handgun.

Ragland told supervisors he gave verbal commands and fired multiple shots, killing Taylor.

Ragland was not injured.

"This is a very tragic incident," Sheriff James Lee Berrong said. "Deputy Ragland was performing the promised property checks on the residence, and both individuals reacted. We are all deeply saddened by the chain of events that took place last night. "

Several neighbors heard the gun shots.

"I was watching TV and I heard gunshots," said neighbor Ron Storrie. "I'm sure it was a pistol."

Another neighbor came out shortly after more officers arrived.

"I went down to the side of the road with my dog and an officer proceeded to tell me to get back inside my house," said neighbor Nathan Wolf.

Taylor lived on Clear Springs Way, only one street over from where he was shot.

We reached out to Taylor's family for comment, but they did not want to say anything about his death.

Taylor did rent out several mobile homes near the property where he was shot.

Kim Crisp and her daughter Kayla Croy have rented a mobile home from Taylor for six years.

Croy actually heard the gunshots Wednesday night.

"I started hearing some arguing before the shots," said Croy. "Then when the shots actually happened it was like boom, boom, boom, boom."

Both women say Taylor was an amazing human being.

"That man is an awesome, laid back, very hard-working," said Crisp. "He works at the post office and the comes back and takes care of 11 acres. I think 11 acres out here."

"He was an awesome guy," added Croy.

They want some answers on why he was killed.

"I want to know why," said Crisp. "I want to know why because he is not an aggressive man at all. There is no reason of them to shoot him down, no reason."

Deputy Ragland has been employed with the Blount County Sheriff's Office since December 2012. He is currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

6 News Reporter JOSH AULT and 6 News Reporter MONA NAIR contributed to this report.

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