First call leads to an arrest at another residence
Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said that deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a residence on Rocky Branch Road Monday night at around 7 p.m.
When the deputies arrived, they spoke to the homeowner who advised them that a man and woman had kicked in her front door and entered the residence, then fled on foot. The deputies searched the area on foot, and while doing so, heard a disturbance at a nearby residence on Whites Mill Road. The deputies encountered Jacqueline Rucker, 35, South Longhollow Road, Maryville, who had climbed on top of a pop-up camper and was destroying the air conditioning unit. The woman was screaming and speaking incoherently. The deputies got her off the camper and placed her on her stomach on the ground to handcuff her. It appeared to the deputies that Rucker stopped breathing, so they began administering CPR and were able to get a weak pulse. Rural/Metro Ambulance Service arrived and transported Rucker to Blount Memorial Hospital where she died a short time later.
Preliminary results of an autopsy performed on Rucker at the University of Tennessee Medical Center appears that Rucker’s death was drug induced.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.