As you are no doubt aware, last week a Maryville Police officer—32-year-old Kenny Moats—was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance. Officer Moats’ death was of course most acutely felt by his family and co-workers with the Maryville PD and the Drug Task Force to which he was assigned, but the death of any officer in the line of duty affects law enforcement officers everywhere.
While Maryville Police and Blount County deputies came to grips with the tragic events of Thursday afternoon, other agencies, including the Clinton Police Department, jumped in to fill the void by covering patrol shifts and helping out in any way that they could. CPD Chief Rick Scarbrough says that his officers “answered calls in Maryville and Blount County, primarily in a backup role, but they did have to cover a couple of calls on their own.” In short, CPD officers did “whatever they could,” as did Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies.
Chief Scarbrough says that after any officer-involved shooting, whether it occurs nearby or somewhere else in the country, opportunities are provided to officers to talk about their feelings, either with their fellow officers, a chaplain or the chief himself.
Last week’s incident hit close to home for several reasons, not the least of which is that the type of call Officer Moats was responding to is the type of call an officer responds to dozens of times in their careers.
Four Clinton Police officers will serve as part of the Honor Guard during Officer Moats’ funeral services.