Deputy’s Cruiser Window Blows Out

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Loudon, Loudon County (WVLT) - A warning for anyone driving on Interstate 75, south of I-40, Loudon County deputies want to know if it was a gun shot or a rock that blew out a cruiser's window Monday morning.

Deputy Daniel Kelly was responding to an emergency around 9:00 a.m. Monday. As he went under an overpass around the Sugarlimb exit, it happened.

"I heard what sounded like a rifle shot and the rear window of my car exploded,” It was just after 9:00 a.m. when Deputy Daniel Kelly made his way under the Sugarlimb Road overpass on I-75 on an emergency call and then his cruiser side window blows out, but it took him just a little while to realize what had happened before calling to dispatch.

"I've either haven' been shot at or had something thrown at me at the 76,” Kelly says on the video from the cruiser. “I can't tell what."

"We don't know if it was a gunshot or a rock or at this time just what it was,” says Loudon County Chief Deputy Tony Aikens.

Sheriff's investigators went back to the scene to check for shell casings or anything else they could find. The window blown out was the rear passenger side, the same side where a black jeep had pulled to the side of the road as the window blew out.

"Right now they're not suspected of anything but obviously we would like to talk to them to see if they seen anything,” says Aikens.

Chief Deputy Tony Aikens says this is not the only time a cruiser's window has been taken out.

He says it was last year, oddly enough along this same stretch of area. "There's some deer hunters down in that area, but luckily no one got injured."

But for Deputy Kelly, it was a quick scare. "A little bit. It's always unnerving when you're not sure what’s happening and it takes a minute to go through your mind and figure out what happened."

Deputy Kelly says he was taking his cruiser to have the window replaced late this morning.

I spoke to sheriff's officials just a few moments ago and as of now they still do not know what caused the window to blow out.

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