Officer down: Man arrested after deputy found shot, left to die a horrible death inside her burning house

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SPRINGFIELD, TN – An off-duty deputy with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office was found dead on January 23rd in her burning home.

The man whom the police suspect is responsible has been taken into custody after an hours-long standoff.

Deputies in Robertson County are in shock after finding one of their deputies, Savanna Puckett, dead in her home after she failed to report to work.

When deputies arrived at her house in the 5100 block of Highway 41 to check on her, they found the home engulfed in flames.

After the fire department extinguished the flames, they notified deputies that they had located Puckett deceased with a gunshot wound inside her house. At this time, police have not announced whether Puckett was killed by the gunshot or as a result of the fire. Robertson County Sheriff Michael Van Dyke said:

“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.”

As members of the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office tried to wrap their minds about what had happened, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation got to work in trying to figure out who might have killed her.

Without releasing how or why, authorities began focusing their investigation on an unidentified man in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Police learned of the man’s location and moved in with a SWAT team to search the residence. They moved in before 6 am on the 24th and tried for hours to get the man out of the residence.

It was not until approximately 11:30 before they were able to get the man outside of the home and taken into custody. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the following tweet after the arrest:

“MORE DETAILS: The man arrested in Smyrna this morning was wanted by law enforcement in connection to the death of a Robertson County deputy this weekend.

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

Puckett started working for the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections deputy in 2017 at just 18 years old.

Puckett remained in that role until she successfully graduated from the Walter State Law Enforcement Academy and transferred to their patrol division in 2020. A statement from the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office speaks to the type of person she was:

“Savanna was the one who always showed up early to her shift with a smile on her face. She was a mother hen to us all, and frequently cooked meals and baked goodies for her shift. She was tough, courageous, kind, compassionate, and had an infectious personality that will always be remembered.”

At this time, police are not releasing any type of motive as to why Puckett was killed nor what her relationship may have been with the person taken into custody.

The Sheriff’s Office will release funeral details for the fallen deputy once they have been finalized.

The loss of this deputy comes on the heels of the New York Police Department officer who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance.

A Harris County Constable deputy was shot and killed on January 23rd while conducting a traffic stop.

And a Metropolitan Police Officer in Washington, DC was shot in the line of duty after confronting a man who was acting strangely on the street.

Two men arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a Chicago cop after shooting him during a traffic stop

Officer down: Off-duty officer killed in robbery and carjacking – teen woman under arrest

CLEVELAND, OH – Several suspects are in custody after allegedly robbing a man and stealing his vehicle on New Year’s Eve.

The suspect shot the car owner twice in the back, killing him. Sadly, the victim was an off-duty Cleveland police officer who worked in the city’s 5th District on the northeast side of Cleveland.  He’s been identified by the PD as 25-year-old Shane Bartek.

The suspect shot him as she attempted to rob his vehicle. After the shooting, the gunman fled the scene in the officer’s vehicle. 

The cop was taken to Fairview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

 

The officer’s slaying was confirmed by both Cleveland Police Union president Jeff Follmer and incoming police chief Wayne Drummond. 

Police were able to locate the vehicle in Euclid, where they took a suspect into custody. 

A few hours later, a woman was also arrested in connection with the murder.

The officer has since been identified as Shane Bartek.

According to a release from CPD: 

“On December 31, 2021, at approximately 6pm, an Aggravated Robbery Motor Vehicle incident occurred at 4320 Rocky River Drive in which a 25-year-old off-duty Cleveland Police Officer was shot and killed.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a suspect approached the victim in the parking lot of the apartment building with a gun, a struggle ensued, and the victim was shot twice by the suspect.

The suspect then fled in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was conveyed to Fairview Hospital by Cleveland EMS where he was pronounced deceased.

Following a multi-jurisdictional police pursuit, the victim’s vehicle was recovered, and a male was taken into custody. Further investigation has resulted in the arrest of additional suspects including a female.

Search warrants have been executed in connection with this investigation. Suburban law enforcement agencies are also pursuing additional felony charges.

This matter remains under investigation. Charges have not yet been filed. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”

“My heart is aching for the family, for our officers. Senseless. It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Drummond.

Bartek joined the Cleveland Police Department in August of 2019. 

“We are devastated by this news and are asking for prayers,” said Follmer.

Incoming mayor Justin Bibb echoed the sentiments from Drummond and Follmer.

“This evening is about the family of this slain officer that we lost today. I just ask the residents of Cleveland to keep the family in their prayers. Let’s all stay vigilant this evening. Stay safe and healthy. I also want to thank all members of law enforcement who supported us this evening.”

An 18-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of aggravated murder, while the suspect arrested with Bartek’s car is being held for allegedly receiving stolen property.

This investigation is ongoing. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Bartek and the entire Cleveland, Ohio law enforcement community. 

Sadly, being off duty does not remove the threats that officers face. 

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