Sheriff’s detectives probe fire, shootings

Crews on the scene of Tuesday’s fatal blaze in North Knox County. Source: Rural Metro Fire Department

Detectives from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office were investigating both a fatal fire and a double shooting, authorities said Wednesday. 

None of the victims’ names or ages were released pending notification of their next-of-kin, said KCSO spokesperson Kimberly Glenn.

KCSO officers were dispatched to a shots fired call just after 4 a.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of Stony Point Road in East Knox County, said Glenn.

The officers found two people suffering from gunshot wounds to their heads. They were immediately rushed by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where they underwent surgery and were listed in critical condition, according to Glenn.

 It appeared that one of the wounds was self-inflicted and “there is no evidence at this time that suggests this was a random crime,” Glenn said.

The Major Crimes Unit was investigating the shooting, she said, as well as a Tuesday night apartment fire that claimed one life in North Knox County.

Rural Metro Fire Department crews responded to a reported apartment fire at the Autumn Landing Apartments at 6331 Pleasant Ridge Rd about 9:30 p.m., said Rural Metro spokesperson Jeff Bagwell.  

 “When crews arrived they were directed to the apartment where a woman was still inside. A rescue crew battled the flames and heat to get to the woman and pull her outside where paramedics were waiting to perform advanced life saving procedures. They, and the AMR Ambulance crew worked hard to save the woman, but in the end, she could not be saved,” Bagwell said.

There were no other injuries reported and major damage was largely contained to the unit where it started, he said. Three other units suffered smoke damage and one occupant was provided shelter by the American Red Cross. 

The cause of the fire was under investigation by the KCSO Fire Investigation Unit and Major Crimes Unit detectives. 

Published on July 1, 2021