WATE 6 On Your Side Staff - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Knox County Sheriff's Office reports Brandon S. Lambert, 32, was killed during an attempted arrest in relation to a shooting that happened at Turkey Creek Monday evening.
When officers spotted Lambert, he attempted to resist arrest by ramming two deputies' vehicles with his car outside Pier One in Turkey Creek. That's when officers fired shots at Lambert. He was transported to UT Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Knox County Sheriff's Office released this statement about the incident:
Last night's incident is being investigated jointly by the Knox County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit and the Knoxville Police Department Violent Crimes Unit. At the conclusion of the investigation, the matter will be forwarded to the Knox County District Attorney General's Office for adjudication. As per standard procedure, the two officers with the Knox County Sheriff's Office are on administrative leave with pay as the investigation continues.
No officers were hurt.
Lambert was wanted for theft, evading arrest, and reckless endangerment warrants out of Blount County. He was wanted for evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, and other motor vehicle violations from the Knoxville Police Department. He rammed a police vehicle and fled during a pursuit in Maryville last weekend, and evaded arrest in Knoxville on February 5th.
The sheriff's office said the names of the officers involved will be released at a later time.
The news of shots being fired at Turkey Creek came as quite a surprise for shoppers.
"I was shocked. It's scary it's so close to home. It's such a great shopping area you'd never expect it to happen here but it can happen anywhere," said shopper Liz Christiansen.
"It's a little scary. I live like five minutes down the road and it is just really close to home," said Lyssa Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was shopping with her daughter in the same Turkey Creek shopping center just a couple hours before the shooting occurred.
"That was weird. If we would have stayed or come back looking for shoes a little bit longer so it's just kind of scary," said Zimmerman.
Lambert's criminal history in Blount County shows numerous theft, drug and burglary charges starting in 2004.
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