Gun found at scene of deadly shooting involving Blount deputy

Gun found at scene of deadly shooting involving Blount deputy

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Henry Taylor (source: U.S. Postal Service) Henry Taylor (source: U.S. Postal Service)
Henry Thomas was shot by Deputy Ernest Ragland while inspecting rental property Thomas owned. Henry Thomas was shot by Deputy Ernest Ragland while inspecting rental property Thomas owned.

LOUISVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a handgun was found at the scene of Thursday's deadly shooting of a Louisville man shot and killed on property he owned by a Blount County deputy.

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.

Deputy Ernest Ti Ragland was inspecting the property after Taylor and his wife had made several reports of burglaries and break-ins.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says Ragland 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.

Taylor was a Staff Sergeant in he United States Air Force and had worked at the United States Postal Service for 26 years, most recently at Knoxville's main post office on Weisgarber Road.

The Tennessee Postal Workers Union issued a statement Thursday offering condolences.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.

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