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ARREST MADE IN BLOUNT COUNTY HOMICIDE FOLLOWING DOMESTIC ASSAULT

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Blount County investigators charged 44-year-old Adam Leon Shope of Maryville with criminal homicide after a deadly altercation with his father Thursday afternoon.

Deputies also served him with a warrant for aggravated assault from a previous altercation involving his father.

Shope is being held on bonds totaling $1.1 million pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 1:30 p.m. January 11, 2021.

At around 2 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to the call of a stabbing in progress in the front yard of a residence on Valleyview Drive. As deputies were responding to the incident, they received information that the suspect, Adam Shope, fled the scene in a brown Kia sport utility vehicle after stabbing his father, 71-year-old Jasper Shope,  and striking him with his vehicle. Efforts to save the father was unsuccessful.

A witness followed him out of the neighborhood and notified Blount County Communications of Shope’s location, and a deputy spotted the vehicle traveling north on Old Niles Ferry Road and conducted a felony traffic stop. Shope surrendered without incident.

Sheriff’s investigators are continuing to work on the case. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.


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