Former police officer dies in stand off with deputies

A former Maryville police officer wanted on an outstanding domestic violence warrant died during a confrontation with Blount County deputies late Sunday night.

Leroy Hickman Jr., 61, was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital by Rural/Metro Ambulance personnel where he was pronounced dead.

According to a press release, Blount County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Grove Street to serve a warrant for domestic violence with assault at around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office had received information earlier in the day that Hickman might be violent toward law enforcement.

When the deputies arrived on the scene, they were able to attract him outside, and away from a confirmed large cache of weapons inside the residence. Once outside, Hickman was approached by uniformed deputies. Hickman placed his right hand in his coat pocket. Ignoring numerous verbal commands to show his hands, he extended and pointed his right arm at deputies. Deputy Paige Craig and Sgt. Doug Moore fired their weapons at Hickman, striking him a total of five times.

Hickman was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to Blount Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A loaded handgun was found underneath Hickman, authorities said.

All four deputies - Sgt. Doug Moore, Deputy Paige Craig, Deputy Matthew Gilmore, and Deputy Robert Berkley - are on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

An autopsy for Hickman is currently taking place at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Hickman worked with the Maryville Police Department from 1969 to 1972, Maryville public information officer Pam Arnett said.

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