Tennessee Deputy Expected to Recover After Being Shot in Face, Suspect Apprehended

Kelly Pitts;  Photo: WJHL.com

Kelly Pitts; Photo: WJHL.com

An East Tennessee deputy is expected to recover after being shot twice in the face. She and other officers had responded to a call of an intoxicated man waving a gun just outside of Johnson City, a town east of Nashville.

Deputy Jenna Markland was struck in the cheek and a bullet grazed her forehead after Kelly Lee Pitts, 39, opened fire on deputies. 

Carter County Deputies were able to get Pitts’ family members safely out of the house before he allegedly opened fire on responding deputies.

Pitts was found later in the evening after police discovered him hiding in a nearby cave. He was taken into custody without incident.

He is being held at the Carter County Jail on $700,000 bond and has been charged with seven counts of attempted first-degree murder.


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