KPD identifies burglary suspect from officer-involved shooting

KPD identifies burglary suspect from officer-involved shooting

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FOUNTAIN CITY (WATE) - Knoxville Police Department officers were involved in a shooting Friday afternoon in Fountain City.

It happened just before 3 p.m. in a driveway near Eldridge and Ridgewood roads.

KPD has identified the victim as 44-year-old Charles Duggan of Knoxville. The officers involved are Chris Hutton, Roger Simmons and Charles Lyons. 

Darrell DeBusk, a Knoxville Police Department spokesman, said officers shot Duggan several times while driving a pick-up truck.

"It appears the suspect attempted to use his vehicle as a weapon against the three officers," DeBusk said.

He said someone called 911, describing the man breaking into a home this afternoon. Police believe it may be the same person who is a possible suspect in several other home break-ins from today.

Duggan is currently charged with one county of aggravated robbery, but more charges could be added pending a complete investigation.

According to a KPD release, Duggan has a lengthy criminal history, including aggravated burglary, multiple charges of Burglary, multiple theft charges, multiple driving offenses and drug possession. 

Ralph Polson lives in the area and witnessed the shooting.

"We stopped at the edge of the driveway and we seen the cops standing there with their guns," Polson said. "When the guy started to get away, going down the bushes, they opened up fire.

"They had three automatic weapons, and they were shooting at him just as fast as they could get bullets to come out," Polson added. "I mean they were really loading down on him."

KPD said they believe the suspect could have been trying to run over the officers with his truck. But Polson doesn't believe that's what happened. He said the man was just trying to escape from officers.

However that is not the view of KPD officials.

"The suspect was trying to harm the officers," Debusk said. "The officers were trying to do what they needed to do to protect themselves, and to protect the public."

Duggan was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for his injuries, but his condition is unknown. The three officers are on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of an internal investigation, which is standard procedure in these types of cases.

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