Suspect surrenders after chase, standoff

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Knoxville police deployed to Western Heights on Thursday afternoon after a man fled from them. (Source: KPD)

A police chase followed by a standoff in a Northwest Knoxville housing project Thursday led to the arrest of a man who was wanted for questioning in connection with an undisclosed crime. 

The suspect wasn’t publicly identified by Knoxville Police Department officials, who also declined to say why they chased the man in the first place. 

The incident began about 3 p.m. Thursday when KPD officers tried to stop a car on Interstate 40 West near I-275, said department spokesperson Scott Erland.

The officers believed the car was “occupied by a man wanted for questioning in an ongoing investigation,” said Erland.

“The car did not stop and officers continued to pursue it until they lost sight of the car in the Western Heights apartment complex. The car was found abandoned in the complex and officers were able to determine that the man fled into an apartment,” he continued. 

KPD negotiators as well as the agency’s Special Operations Squad then deployed to the scene and began efforts to contact the man.

“Negotiators were able to establish contact with the man, and at around 6 p.m. he voluntarily exited the apartment and was taken into custody without issue,” said Erland. “He will be transported to KPD headquarters for questioning in reference to the ongoing investigation.”

The man may face charges for fleeing from officers, he said.

Published on July 22, 2022.