Suspect ID'd in West Town Mall shooting

Suspect ID'd in West Town Mall shooting

Abraham Dudley (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Abraham Dudley (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Officer Christopher Edmunds (Source: Knoxville Police) Officer Christopher Edmunds (Source: Knoxville Police)
The scene of the shooting Thursday. The scene of the shooting Thursday.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police have released the identity of the man injured in an officer-involved shooting Thursday at West Town Mall.

The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Abraham Dudley of Knoxville.

Dudley was shot one time in the lower torso by an officer. His family told 6 News on Friday evening that he was in critical condition and recovering from surgery.

The officer who shot Dudley was identified as Christopher Edmunds. Edmunds has been with the department since September 2009. 

Edmunds is currently on administrative leave with pay, which is standard for officers involved in a shooting.

Police were called to the mall around 5:30 Thursday evening on a report of a man beating a woman.

"The suspect said he had a gun and was going to shoot," said KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk.

When they arrived on the scene, they confronted the man, Dudley. A witness told 6 News that officers told Dudley to get on the ground, but he did not comply. An officer then shot Dudley.

He was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center for his injuries.

A police spokesperson said investigators have conducted numerous interviews with witnesses from the scene.

According to their interviews, witnesses told them the female was running from her attacker at the time of the incident.

Witnesses also told police that the suspect was trying to force the woman into the car and that the suspect indicated he had a weapon and was going to shoot. 

The female victim and the suspect are in a relationship and they are the parents of the 2-year old child that was inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

West Town Mall Manager David Huesser released this statement about the shooting on Friday:

"Any time an incident like this occurs, our primary concern is always for the safety of our customers and store employees. We are grateful for the quick response from the Knoxville Police Department."

6 News found that Dudley's girlfriend and he have had problems in the past. In January, she filed an order of protection against Dudley, who is the father of her child.

In it, she said that he cheated on her and threatened her on two different occasions.

Dudley was also charged with reckless endangerment and vandalism back in 2006.

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