Deputy found shot dead in Springfield house fire

A man arrested after an hours-long standoff in Smyrna was wanted in connection with the death of a Robertson County Sheriff’s Office deputy, officials said.

Deputy Savanna Puckett was found dead from a gunshot wound inside her burning home in Springfield on Sunday night, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. She was 22 years old.

The standoff ended around 11:30 a.m. Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported. The deadlock was on Odom Court in Smyrna and stemmed from the execution of a search warrant, TBI said.

Officials did not release any information about the arrested man or his relationship to Puckett.

“The investigation remains active and ongoing, and we will provide more details as soon as we are able to,” TBI said in a tweet.

Another deputy went to see Puckett around 5 p.m. Sunday when she failed to show up for her shift and found her home in the 5100 block of Highway 41 in Springfield engulfed in flames, the statement said. The deputy was unable to get inside due to the extent of the fire. Once firefighters arrived, they found Puckett inside.

She was a four-year veteran on the force, according to the release. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that it is investigating the fire and Puckett’s death.

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

It was not immediately clear whether the gunshot wound or the fire caused Puckett’s death.

The cause and origin of the fire remained under investigation on Monday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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