Sheriff’s Deputy Found Shot To Death In Burning Home, Man Reportedly Arrested

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A 22-year-old Tennessee sheriff’s deputy was found Sunday in her burning home with a fatal gunshot wound, and one suspect has reportedly been arrested, authorities announced.

Deputy Savanna Puckett did not report to her shift around 5:00 p.m. Sunday, prompting deputies to visit her Springfield home to check on her, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Upon arrival, deputies found her home “engulfed in flames.” Responding deputies attempted to enter the home but were unable to due to the fire.

When the fire department responded they “made entry into the residence where they found Deputy Puckett shot,” the sheriff’s office said. Puckett was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) is investigating the case, according to the sheriff’s department. (RELATED: Shooting At Hotel Leaves One Officer Dead, Another Fighting For Their Life)

“Words cannot express the sadness and grief that Savanna’s family and her Sheriff’s Office family are facing right now,” Sheriff Michael Van Dyke said. “This is a tragedy that we are processing minute by minute. Please keep Savanna, her family, and the Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers.”

Puckett had been with the sheriff’s office for four years, according to authorities.

The TBI took a man into custody Monday morning in connection with Puckett’s death after an hours-long standoff, according to WKRN. Tactical officers from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s office were called to a home in Smyrna Sunday night, with several “flash bangs” heard detonated Monday morning as authorities tried to get the unidentified man out of the home, according to the report.