Tennessee man arrested for murder and arson after sheriff’s deputy was found shot dead in his burning home

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A Tennessee man was arrested Monday in connection with the death of 22-year-old Robertson County Sheriff’s Deputy Savanna Puckett, who was found shot dead in her burning home on Sunday.

James Jackson Conn, 27, was taken into custody after an hour-long confrontation with SWAT on Monday morning and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson. He is currently being held without bail at the Robertson County Jail.

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James Jackson Conn, 27, is facing murder and arson charges in connection with the death of 22-year-old Robertson County Sheriff‘s Deputy Savanna Puckett.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

Deputy Puckett missed her shift on Sunday afternoon, prompting a colleague to walk past her home in Springfield, Tennessee.

When the colleague arrived, Puckett’s house was on fire. Firefighters responded and entered the house, where they found Puckett suffering from at least one gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

TENNESSEE SHERIFF’S DEPUTY FOUND SHOT TO DEATH INSIDE HOME IMMERSED IN FLAMES

The investigation into Puckett’s death led agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to Conn’s home in Smyrna, about 80 miles south of Springfield, where they executed a search warrant early Monday morning.

Robertson County Sheriff's Deputy Savanna Puckett, 22, was found shot dead in her burning home after she failed to show up for work on Sunday.

Robertson County Sheriff’s Deputy Savanna Puckett, 22, was found shot dead in her burning home after she failed to show up for work on Sunday.
(Robertson County Sheriff’s Office)

A several-hour standoff ended when SWAT officers from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office entered the home and arrested Conn later Monday morning.

Conn and Puckett were acquaintances, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office SWAT officers, seen here during a training session in 2020, stormed a home and arrested Conn on Monday.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office SWAT officers, seen here during a training session in 2020, stormed a home and arrested Conn on Monday.
(Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office)

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Puckett had been in the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office for four years.

“Words cannot express the sadness and grief that Savanna’s family and the Sheriff’s Office family are facing at this time,” Sheriff Michael Van Dyke said in a statement.

“This is a tragedy that we are dealing with minute by minute. Please keep Savanna, her family and the Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers.”

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