(SMYRNA TN) A man was arrested around 11:30AM Monday morning (1/24/2022) on Odom Court in Smyrna in connection with this past weekend's death of Robertson County Deputy Savanna Puckett.
Several law enforcement agencies, a SWAT team, along with the Tennessee Bureau of Identification were in place overnight at the Smyrna home. The stand-off type situation ended Monday morning with officers taking the male into custody.
He was wanted in connection with the death of Deputy Puckett.
Authorities report that she did not show-up for her Sunday evening (1/23/2022) 5:00PM shift at the Robertson County Sheriffs office. A deputy was sent to her home in Springfield to check on her. The home was discovered fully engulfed in flames. He attempted to gain entrance, but the fire was too intense. The fire department was called, and once they were able to enter the home, found Deputy Puckett. She had been shot and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
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At 6:30PM on Monday (01/24/2022), the TBI reported:
Special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Smyrna man in connection to the death of a deputy from the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office.
At the request of 19th District Attorney General Robert Nash, TBI agents began investigating the death of 22-year-old Savanna Puckett on Sunday evening, shortly after Puckett’s colleagues found her deceased, with a gunshot wound, after extinguishing a fire inside her home in the 5100 block of Highway 41 North in Springfield. During the investigation, agents developed information leading to James Jackson Conn (DOB 8-29-94), an acquaintance, as the person responsible for her death and the fire at her home.
Early Monday morning, TBI agents, Rutherford County deputies, and Smyrna Police officers arrived at Conn’s home on Odom Court to execute a search warrant, which led to a hours-long standoff. Later in the morning, SWAT officers from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office entered the home and arrested Conn without incident.
TBI agents have obtained warrants, charging Conn with one count of First-Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Arson. This evening, authorities booked him into the Robertson County Jail, where, at the time of this release, he was being held without bond.
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