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Deputy Found Fatally Shot Inside Her Burning Home, Gunman Arrested After Standoff

Springfield, TN – A Robertson County sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot and found lying inside her burning home on Sunday night, according to police.

The investigation into the death of 22-year-old Robertson County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) Deputy Savanna Puckett began at approximately 5 p.m. on Jan. 23, when she failed to show up for her assigned shift, WKRN reported.

A fellow deputy traveled to her residence on Highway 41 North to make sure she was okay and discovered Deputy Puckett’s house was “engulfed in flames,” the RCSO said in a press release.

The deputy tried to enter the home but was unable to do so due to the blaze.

Firefighters responded to the scene and found the fatally wounded deputy inside the burning home, WKRN reported.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crews returned to the home early Monday morning after the fire reignited, according to WKRN.

The causes of both fires have not been released.

Investigators tracked the alleged shooter to a residence on Odom Court in Smyrna, according to the Tennessean.

The male suspect ended up in an hours-long standoff with investigators after they showed up to execute a search warrant at the Smyrna home, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

He was ultimately arrested at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Police did not release any information about the suspect’s identity or his relationship with Deputy Puckett, the Tennessean reported.

The TBI is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident, WKRN reported.

“The investigation remains active and ongoing, and we’ll provide more details as soon as we’re able to do so,” the TBI said.

Deputy Puckett served the RCSO for four years.

“Words cannot express the sadness and grief that Savanna’s family and her Sheriff’s Office family are
facing right now,” Robertson County Sheriff Michael Van Dyke said, according to WKRN. “This is a tragedy that we are processing minute by minute. Please keep Savanna, her family, and the Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers.”

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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