Deputy involved in Louisville man’s shooting served in National Guard
By Wes Wade | (email@example.com)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and Blount County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating after a deputy fatally shot a Louisville man Wednesday night.
Patrolman Ernest Kevin Tiquan Ragland, 22, has since been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations into the shooting, which killed 68-year-old Henry C. Taylor.
When he started as a deputy in December 2012, Ragland had been a member of the U.S. Army National Guard since October 2009, according to his Sheriff’s Office personnel file. His rank at the time of his employment with the Sheriff’s Office was listed as Private First Class.
Before he became a deputy, Ragland had most recently served at an armory in Oneida. Before that he served with the First Detachment of the 252nd MP Company at McGhee Tyson Airport. During active duty training, Ragland completed a chemical operations specialist course and received HAZMAT certification. He was also awarded a National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon during active duty training.
Ragland also has an uncle who is a detective with the Sheriff’s Office, his employment application noted. Ragland has served as a Sheriff’s Office deputy since he was hired on Dec. 16, 2012.
Taylor, who was shot and killed while standing in the garage of property he owned at 1856 Mentor Road in Louisville, was a graduate of Carter High School in Knoxville. He was a retired Air Force veteran, having served 20 years in the force. He also retired as a captain with the Tennessee State Guard and worked as a mail handler for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years. Taylor was also an amateur radio operator.
Taylor’s family held a private graveside service Friday night in Maryville. The family declined to comment for this story.