MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said investigators charged a 44-year-old Maryville man after a deadly altercation with his father Thursday afternoon.
Adam Leon Shope, 44, Valleyview Drive, Maryville, is being held in the Blount County Correctional Facility. Shope is charged with criminal homicide. Deputies also served him with a warrant for aggravated assault from a previous altercation involving his father. Shope is being held on bonds totaling $1.1 million pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 1:30 p.m. January 11.
At around 2 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to the call of a stabbing in progress in the front yard of a residence on Valleyview Drive. As deputies were responding to the incident, they received information that the suspect, Adam Shope, fled the scene in a brown Kia sport utility vehicle after stabbing his father and striking him with his vehicle. A witness followed him out of the neighborhood and notified Blount County Communications of Shope’s location, and a deputy spotted the vehicle traveling north on Old Niles Ferry Road and conducted a felony traffic stop. Shope surrendered without incident and was taken to the Blount County Correctional Facility. As deputies arrived on the scene, witnesses were attempting CPR on the victim, Jasper L. Shope, 71, who was lying in a yard across the street from his residence. EMR-certified deputies and medics with AMR Ambulance Service attempted to resuscitate Mr. Shope, but they were unsuccessful.
Sheriff’s investigators are continuing to work on the case. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.