Teen charged with other teen’s death


When police were dispatched to a West Knoxville home Monday morning to investigate the death of a 19-year-old man, they were first told that he had been killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

It didn’t take long, however, for investigators to conclude that something was amiss and arrest a 14-year-old boy on a charge of reckless homicide.

Police on Monday refused to release many facts about the young man’s death including any names, whether the two teens were relatives, or even the address of the incident. 

“At this stage of our investigation and due to the involvement of a juvenile, I cannot disclose any additional details regarding that case,” said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland. 

About 7 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a home on Mossy Oaks Lane “to investigate what was initially reported as a self-inflicted gunshot,” Erland said.

“Officers arrived on scene and found a 19-year-old man dead from an apparent gunshot,” he sais. “After continued investigation by Violent Crimes Unit investigators, it was determined that the gunshot was not self-inflicted and a 14-year-old male who was located inside of the home by responding officers was taken into custody for reckless homicide.”    

He added that everyone who was involved in the case had been “accounted for” and the investigation remained ongoing.

Published on July 12, 2022.