A man wanted in connection to a Washington County murder broke into a Seymour home and barricaded himself inside Tuesday evening.
Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Sevier County Sheriff’s Office reported to the house on Curley Ln. just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The officers were joined with officials from the US Marshals Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force and The Tennessee Highway Patrol. A helicopter and armored vehicle were also on scene to assist with the capture.
The suspect, 33-year-old Brandon Miller, was wanted in connection to a second-degree murder. Miller was barricaded in the home for several hours before being apprehended at approximately 6:45 p.m. All neighbors were asked to remain inside their homes during the incident, and no bystanders or officers were injured.
According to Melinda Ford Rainey, principal at Seymour Primary School, the homeowners were not home during the break-in. The family dog was home, and escaped either due to the fugitive or the robot that was sent inside to assist. Rainey said the dog was found safe.
“Since they cannot go home, I am not sure what type of support they will need. I offered for the family to stay at my house,” Rainey said.
Miller is currently facing felony charges in Washington County.