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Deputies shoot suspect accused of firing shots at homes and vehicles in Powell, TBI investigating

Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 10:41 AM EST
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POWELL, Tenn. (WVLT) - A suspect was hospitalized after being shot by deputies in Powell Saturday morning.

According to a release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, residents began calling 911 starting around 9 a.m. about a suspect driving a dark gray pickup truck reportedly firing shots into homes and vehicles in the area.

A resident on Norman Lane in Powell called 911 just before 9:30 saying a man matching the description given by previous callers had entered his home.

Shortly after, deputies arrived at the scene, an exchange of gunfire ensued and the suspect was hit.

The suspect was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with injuries from the shooting. No deputies were hurt in the incident.

The suspect’s identity has not been released.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the following statement on the shooting:

“Preliminary information indicates that the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person at a home in the 8000 block of Deer Walk Way just after 9:00 a.m. Upon arrival, deputies reportedly made contact with a male subject, who was armed with a gun in the roadway near the residence. According to reports from the scene, deputies gave the man verbal commands to drop the weapon, which he ignored. The situation escalated, and for reasons still under investigation, one of the deputies fired shots, striking the man. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No law enforcement officers were injured in the incident.”

TBI and Sheriff Tom Spangler of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation remains ongoing.

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