Knoxville man who threatened officers shot and killed on I-275

Knoxville man who threatened officers shot and killed on I-275

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This is the pellet gun used by Guy Ronald McDowell. This is the pellet gun used by Guy Ronald McDowell.
Police say the pellet gun looks very much like a Beretta handgun. Police say the pellet gun looks very much like a Beretta handgun.
Guy Ronald McDowell (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Guy Ronald McDowell (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police officers opened fire on a suspect who pointed a gun at them late Thursday night on I-275. The suspect later died.

Just before midnight Thursday, police say Guy Ronald McDowell, 34, of Knoxville, called 911 to there had been a "shoot out" in Halls and there would soon be another.

Several minutes later, McDowell called again saying there were several warrants out for him, and he wanted to turn himself in.

Officers spotted McDowell's vehicle on Central Avenue Pike near Merchants Road. 

McDowell got out of the vehicle, showed a gun that looked real but turned out to be a pellet gun, then got back inside and drove away going north on Central Avenue Pike.

McDowell continued onto I-75 south and then onto on I-275 south.

Several officers followed without sirens when McDowell suddenly stopped on I-275 near the Woodland Avenue exit. He got out of his vehicle again and pointed the pellet gun at officers.

Four officers fired at McDowell, hitting him several times. Those officers are: Sgt. Ryan Flores, Officer Jonathan Chadwell, Officer Jonathan Harris and Officer Tom Thurman.

McDowell was taken to UT Medical Center where he later died.

Officials said in a press conference Friday that they consider this a suicide-by-cop incident.

The officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave with pay pending the conclusion of the investigation. Officials say this is standard procedure for a shooting involving officers.

Another officer, Charles Lyons, was at the scene, but he didn't fire his weapon. Officials say Lyons is not on administrative leave.

McDowell's criminal history includes public intoxication and shoplifting charges.

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