Man charged after Tennessee sheriff’s deputy shot, home set on fire, officials say

TENNESSEE — A Tennessee sheriff’s deputy was found shot and her home set on fire Sunday. Monday morning, agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested and charged a man in her murder.

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of Patrol Deputy Savanna Puckett.

On Jan. 23, Puckett did not report to her assigned shift for roll-call.

A deputy went to her home on Highway 41N in Springfield, Tenn. to check on her and found her house engulfed in flames, a release said.

The deputy attempted to enter the house but was unable due to the extent of the fire.

Firefighters found Puckett shot and pronounced her dead at the scene, a release said.

She was 22-years-old and had been with the Sheriff’s Office for four years.

“Words cannot express the sadness and grief that Savanna’s family and her Sheriff’s Office family are facing right now. 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,” stated Sheriff Michael Van Dyke.

The TBI was called to investigate Puckett’s death.

During the investigation, agents developed information leading to James Jackson Conn, 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 to execute a search warrant, which led to an 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.

He was booked into the Robertson County Jail and is currently being held without bond.