BLOUNT COUNTY DEPUTY KILLED WAS HERO FOR SAVING MAN TRAPPED IN BURNING CAR

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) released information on the deputy shot and killed this week and another deputy wounded.

Deputy Greg McCowan, age 43, was murdered during an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening.

Deputy McCowan began his full-time career at the BCSO in 2020 amid COVID-19. Before coming on full-time with the BCSO, Deputy McCowan served as a reserve deputy.

He worked in manufacturing but he was always interested in law enforcement, so he applied for and was hired as a patrol deputy and attended the BCSO Regional Law Enforcement Academy Class 021 in 2020. Deputy McCowan excelled during the academy, and following his graduation in October 2020, he served as a patrol deputy on the evening shift.

He was awarded the Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Commendation in April 2021 for his part in saving the life of a man trapped in a burning vehicle.

Deputy McCowan was always smiling and friendly to everyone. He loved riding motorcycles and restoring old vehicles.

Deputy McCowan leaves behind his children Cayley and Cayden, his granddaughter Ella, his mother and father, his fiancé Leah, and numerous family and friends.

Deputy Shelby Eggers, age 22, was also shot and injured during the incident Thursday evening. Deputy Eggers received non-life-threatening injuries. She was released from the hospital and is recovering at home. Deputy Eggers began her career at the sheriff’s office in 2019 as a corrections deputy. She applied for and was accepted into the Sheriff’s Office Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy and graduated from Class 025 in 2022.

Deputy Eggers currently serves as a patrol deputy. Deputy Eggers knew before she graduated from Heritage High School in 2019 that she wanted to work for the BCSO. She was excited when she was accepted into the academy, and like Deputy McCowan, she excelled as a recruit.

Deputy Eggers has gained some notoriety over the past few years due to her beautiful voice. She was selected to sing the National Anthem for her academy class graduation and subsequent academy graduations. In 2023, Deputy Eggers had the distinct honor of being chosen to perform the National Anthem at the Smith & Wesson grand opening in front of hundreds of people. Deputy Eggers’ upbeat spirit and her hard work have won the affection of her co-workers.

Deputy McCowan was a hero both in life and in his death. Sheriff Berrong and deputies are heartbroken at his senseless death.

Please continue to pray for Deputy McCowan’s family and friends and Deputy Eggers for her complete recovery.