JOHNSON CITY – Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Johnson City man Thursday night and charged him with assisting a fugitive who was later involved in the shooting of an Elizabethton police officer.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Office last week received felony warrants from Pulaski County, Virginia, for an individual named Curtis Dugger. Under original jurisdiction, the TBI also became involved in the search for Dugger, along with officers with the Johnson City Police Department and the U. S. Marshals Service. Dugger was located on February 19th, and engaged in gunfire with an Elizabethton police officer during the attempted arrest, wounding the officer. Dugger was found deceased a short time later. During the course of the investigation, Agents learned that William Edward Deloach assisted Dugger in eluding arrest by providing him with transportation, housing and a cell phone.

On Thursday night, TBI Special Agents and officers with the Johnson City Police Department arrested Deloach, 31, and charged him with one count of Accessory After the Fact/ Harboring a Fugitive. He was booked into the Carter County Jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond. The TBI’s investigation of the February 19th shooting continues and remains active and ongoing.

William Edward Deloach

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