Blount County, Tennessee: Escaped 16-Year-Old Found Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Blount County, Tennessee: Escaped 16-Year-Old Found Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot

The body of a 16-year-old boy who deputies say attacked a juvenile corrections officer and escaped was found Saturday morning, according to Blount County Sheriff’s Office.


Joseph Dillon French was found around 8:30 a.m. by a local resident who was out taking pictures on the Greenbelt near Church Street.

Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Marian O’Briant said it appears he died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

French’s death is being investigated by the Blount County Sheriff’s office and the Maryville Police Department.

 

French was accused of using a toilet lid to attack the officer. He then stole the officer’s gun and shot at her but the gun did not go off.

Investigators say the gun didn’t go off because there was no bullet in the chamber, but it did have a loaded magazine when French took it.

O’Briant said the officer was injured and taken to U.T. Medical Center. She was released Friday night with staples in her head but no concussion.

Investigators followed multiple leads overnight to locate the missing teen.

An autopsy will be conducted.

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