Authorities searching for second suspect in deputy shooting

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) - East Tennessee authorities tightened their perimeter and executed search warrants today as the search continued for one of two brothers accused in the deadly ambush of a sheriff's deputy and a friend who was riding with him on patrol.

Authorities said deputy Bill Jones and his friend Mike Brown were ambushed in a patrol car last night and shot dead along Highway 58 south of Kingston.

The attack took place near property belonging to the family of two suspects in the shooting, brothers Rocky and Leon Houston.

Rocky, shot in the hip and wrist, was arrested at an Oak Ridge hospital and transferred to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where he remained under guard.

Authorities believe the 47-year-old Leon Houston would try to seek shelter and aid from friends and family in rural southern Roane County, about 35 miles southwest of Knoxville.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson said the patrol car was shot several times with a high-powered rifle.

Governor Bredesen said his thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the two men after speaking at the University of Tennessee's graduation ceremony Friday.

The FBI, TBI and several local agencies with their SWAT teams and helicopters all were engaged in the search for Leon Houston.

Houston is described as white, six-foot-one and 165 pounds with brown hair and eyes and a scar on his abdomen.

Both Houstons were well known to local law enforcement for various incidents in the past, most recently when they were accused of threatening forest service employees who crossed onto their property to fight a fire. Both men had revoked gun permits.

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