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National Guardsman found bound and shot to death in his Tennessee home

Jacob Bishop.

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By NEIL FOTRE | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — The killing of Army Spc. Jacob Bishop was a deliberate, isolated act, police said Tuesday, after the National Guardsman's body was found more than a week ago in his Tennessee home bound and shot multiple times.

“We have been pursuing multiple leads, spending countless hours around the clock, in our search for clues that we need to lead us to the party or parties responsible for the tragic killing of another,” Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider said in a statement.

The 35-year-old Bishop was found dead in his Lenoir City home by his mother in the early morning hours of Oct. 1, according to the sheriff’s office, the agency investigating his killing.

Bishop had recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Poland. Bishop was assigned to the 278th Infantry of the Army National Guard, according to an obituary. The Tennessee National Guard only has a 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment that has been deploying in support of NATO’s Battle Group Poland. According to Bishop’s Facebook page, he was assigned to the unit as an infantryman. The obituary also stated Bishop was engaged at the time of his death and is survived by his two children.

“The suspect, or suspects, should be considered armed and dangerous given the specifics of the murder,” according to the Facebook page of the sheriff’s office.

Investigators have released details that a white sport utility vehicle was seen in the area in the days leading up to the murder and was also seen leaving the area on the day of the killing.

“We continue to work tirelessly and around the clock to bring the party, or parties, responsible for the murder of a U.S. soldier to justice, and to provide the Bishop family with some form of closure,” Guider said.

Local authorities are continuing to remind the public on the sheriff’s office Facebook page that this crime is believed to be an isolated event.

If anyone has information on the case, they have been directed to contact the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office at 865-986-4823.

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