Chaplains Share God’s Hope After Tennessee Deputy Is Fatally Shot

By   •   February 9, 2024

Chaplains deployed to Tennessee to share about God’s peace that is available even in life’s darkest moments.

As a Knoxville, Tennessee, community reeled after a fatal shooting February 8, chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team headed there to offer comfort and prayers.

A Blount County Deputy Sheriff—43-year-old Greg McCowan—was shot and killed in Maryville while performing a traffic stop. A female officer also received medical treatment after being shot in the leg. Authorities in eastern Tennessee are still searching for the suspect.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to the grieving community—located about 20 miles south of the state’s capital—to provide emotional and spiritual care.

“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. We had an officer killed tonight,” Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said during a news conference the night of the shooting. “I’m so sorry that we’ve lost a young man.”

The BG-RRT sent a team of specially-trained law enforcement chaplains to support the community and surrounding police departments. One of the team’s Mobile Ministry Centers (MMC) was also sent to Maryville to serve as a safe space for conversations and prayer.

Please pray for the people of Blount County, Tennessee,  and for grieving family members and friends.