One killed in Dollar General standoff


One man was killed during a short standoff Tuesday with a police SWAT team inside a Dollar General store in North Knox County.

Two other people were arrested in the incident, which began with a car chase that snaked northbound from the Walmart on Clinton Highway to the parking lot of the Dollar General on Raccoon Valley Road, according to officials from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Few details about the chase or shootout were released as of Tuesday night. None of the suspects were identified publicly, and it wasn’t clear if the single fatality had been caused by police bullets or if the man had turned his gun on himself.

Officials said a KCSO patrol officer tried to pull over a vehicle occupied by the three suspects on Clinton Highway about 2:30 p.m. The driver, however, refused to stop and led officers on a chase that wound northbound along back roads until they reached the Dollar General near the Interstate 75 exit.

Two of the suspects surrendered, but the third man darted into the store while a KCSO helicopter hovered overhead, tracking his movement. The road was blocked while the agency’s SWAT team and negotiators raced to the scene.

 Inside the business, employees barricaded themselves into an office and were able to stay in contact with the cordon of law enforcement officers that surrounded them. At one point the two sides exchanged gunfire, and between 20 and 30 minutes after the standoff began officers entered the building and found the suspect dead from a gunshot wound.

No charges had been filed as of late Tuesday, and officials said it wasn’t clear what prompted the driver to run.

The Dollar General on Raccoon Valley Road. (Source: Google)

Published on November 2, 2022.