Police Officer Kenny Moats
Maryville Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 25, 2016
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Arrested
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Tony Crisp
Maryville Police Department
418 W. Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37801
Phone: (865) 273-3700
Police Officer Kenny Moats was shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call at a home near the intersection of Kerrway Lane and Alcoa Trail at approximately 4:00 pm.
Patrol units had responded to the home earlier in the day for a domestic dispute. Patrol units were sent to the address a second time when another call was received by dispatchers stating one of the subjects was now armed. Officer Moats and a second narcotics detective who happened to be in the area responded to the scene to assist patrol units.
They parked their vehicle approximately 70 yards from the residence and assisted one person from the home before taking cover behind their car. As they waited for patrol units to arrive the subject opened fire from a garage, striking Officer Moats in the neck. The other detective as well as a responding Blount County sheriff’s deputy were able to return fire before taking the subject into custody.
Officer Moats had served with the Maryville Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force. He is survived by his wife and three children.
MARYVILLE – Maryville’s police chief addressed the media Friday afternoon on the officer shot and killed by a suspect while answering a domestic violence call.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said Kenny Moats, 32, of Maryville had a “stellar” nine-year career.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with officer Moats’ family, and the men and women who worked with him on a daily basis here at the Maryville Police Department,” Crisp said at a news conference Friday.
Crisp asked for the community to continue to pray for Moats’ children and family.
“It’s a sad day yesterday, and the days ahead will be sad,” Crisp said.
Crisp said a number of people have already reached out to help the family and police department.
KenJo Markets established a memorial fund for Moats, according to the city of Maryville’s website.
Anyone who wishes to contribute to the fund can drop off donations at CBBC Bank or the city of Maryville. The city asks to make checks payable to the Kenny Moats Memorial Fund.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.
The sheriff’s office identified the suspect in Moats’ shooting death as Brian Keith Stalans, 44, of Maryville.
Authorities took Stalans into custody Thursday afternoon.
Blount County Sheriff James L. Berrong said Friday he “anticipates charges shortly.”
“We have full confidence this person will be brought to justice,” Crisp said. “We have confidence in the judicial system that we have.”
A candlelight service for Moats is scheduled at the Blount County Courthouse at 8 p.m. Friday.