One dead, one hurt in shooting followed by standoff


A North Knox County man took his own life after gunning down another person in an apparent domestic dispute Thursday night in North Knox County.

Authorities rushed to a reported shooting on Rollins Road just after 7:40 p.m. and found a male victim lying in the road “suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds,” according to Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler. 

A retired police officer who lived nearby was able to provide information about the suspect, who had driven to his home off Rifle Range Road in the Halls community immediately after the shooting.

When officers reached the suspect’s address on Luger Road, they found that he’d barricaded himself inside the house. Crisis negotiators and the KCSO SWAT team were sent to the scene, but the gunman didn’t respond to their repeated attempts to make contact. 

The SWAT team eventually forced their way into the residence and found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. His body was taken to the Knox County Forensics Center. 

The victim from the initial shooting suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. His condition wasn’t available Friday morning.

“This is a tragic and unfortunate situation that our officers are all too familiar with,” Sheriff Spangler said afterward. “The outcome is not what we had hoped it would be. Our thoughts and prayers for a full recovery for the victim at UT and all of the families involved.”

He continued: “I want to thank all of our men and women at the Sheriff’s Office, many of whom were called out away from their own families, for their efforts.  We will continue to update as the investigation moves forward.  The Major Crimes Unit will be leading the investigation, we will update as the investigation moves forward.”

Published on March 24, 2022.