August 27, 2016

Kenny Moats - Police Officer Fatality - Maryville, Tennessee

Kenny Moats
Police Officer Kenny Moats, age 32, died in the line of duty on August 25, 2016, at a hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Officer Moats was a member of the Maryville Police Department. He worked with the Department's drug task force. He had 9 years of service with the Department.

Maryville is 16 miles south of Knoxville.

Earlier in the day officers had responded to a domestic violence call in a rural area of Maryville. Brian Stalans, age 44, was arguing with his father. At about 4:00 p.m. officers again responded to the same house. Brian Stalans was now armed.

Kenny was one of several officers in the area who responded to assist at the location.

The police assisted one person from the home. As the officers were waiting for backup, a male opened fire striking Kenny in the neck. 

Kenny was rushed to a hospital in Knoxville where, tragically, he died of his injuries.
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for Kenny
and for those who have lost him.

The suspect, Brian Stalans, was taken into custody. 

Kenny graduated from Heritage High School in Maryville in 2002. He graduated from Walters State Police Academy in December of 2005. Kenny was president of a local Fraternal Order of Police.

Donations to help the family with expenses are being accepted at the Citizens Bank of Blount County and at the City of Maryville. Checks can be made payable to the "Kenny Moats Memorial Fund". 

The Maryville Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a stellar officer who loved his job. He was a good friend to others. He put others first. He tried to do the right thing. He will be forever remembered.

Kenny's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a loving husband and father. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Kenny is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including but not limited to his wife and his three children. 

Thank you for your service to the community, Ken. 

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Kenny is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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