Man wanted for burglary here killed during Sparta robbery
Pickett County Sheriffâ€™s Department was notified of a burglary in Bolestown which occurred on May 5th. Deputy Chico Conner began conducting the investigation and found that six guns were stolen from a residence on East Port Dock Road.
The community of was advised of the burglary and a Bolestown resident notified the sheriffâ€™s department of a suspicious vehicle in the area the same day the guns were stolen, gave a description of vehicle and provided a tag number.
Upon running the tag registration, Deputy Conner learned that the owner of the vehicle, Bryan Cook, 31, of Crossville, was suspected to have been involved with several other robberies in as many as 10 counties. Overton County Sheriffâ€™s Department Detective Ledbetter was also investigating Cook and began working with Deputy Conner to retrieve the stolen property.
Det. Ledbetter contacted area pawn shops to retrieve the guns and was able to return five of the six because the gunsâ€™ owner obtained the serial numbers.
The following week after the robbery in Pickett County, Cook was attempting to rob a home in Sparta when he was killed by the homeowner.
According to authorities, the homeowner arrived home in the early morning and found Cook attempting to leave after he apparently had broken into the home. The report states that the homeowner, who is registered to carry a handgun, confronted the burglar and thatâ€™s when Cook pulled a gun. In self defense, the homeowner then pulled his gun and shot Cook.
According to White County Sheriffâ€™s Department no charges are pending against the homeowner.