Union Co. deputy placed on paid leave following off duty shooting

By: John Treanor
By: John Treanor

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville Police are investigating a possible mugging that ended with an off-duty Union Co. deputy firing his gun in a busy west Knoxville parking lot on Thursday.

Patrol sergeant Kelly Yount has been placed on paid administrative leave by Union Co. Sheriff Earl Loy Jr. pending the completion of an investigation.

Yount reportedly fired four shots after he says he was mugged. One man and two women took off in a car after the crime. The deputy chased them and then fired.

All 3 suspects were arrested but haven't been charged. The deputy was also questioned.

No one was injured, no gun was found on any suspect or at the scene.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    He had is "wife cuz his "girlfriend" would not go.
  • by Agent Orange Location: Maynardville, TN on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    All are innocent until proven guilty, but I visited the site today at the same time of the shooting and it was desolate. I would say the media is referencing the status of the very large parking lot after the incident with emergency responders. Also, why would he take his 'wife' to a economy motel in knoxville? The closest business was over several hundred yards away and I have also noticed that all references to his wife seem removed since yesterday. I just hope this isn't as bad as it appears and I am glad Loy placed him on leave.
  • by shelleyy Location: maynardville on Aug 26, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    ok this is union county i lived here for years that debuty kelly has been under investigation before over sexual harrasment he is a horrible man and should had been fired then but union county is back wards the police there are covering up drugs just to get money including the judge he needs fired
  • by George Location: Manardville on Aug 26, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    One of many redneck cops in union county.
  • by CT Location: Powell on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    Looks like they picked the wrong man to mug!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 03:01 AM
    What was the off duty union co deputy and his wife doing down there?

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