Knoxville police capture murder suspect after lengthy pursuit

Knoxville police capture murder suspect after lengthy pursuit

Myron Tate (Source: Knox County) Myron Tate (Source: Knox County)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After a lengthy vehicle pursuit that led police on a chase from West Knoxville to the woods of South Knoxville, a suspect in an East Knoxville murder is now in police custody.

Myron Tate, 22, was wanted in the death of Roderick King, who was killed in August at an East Knoxville apartment complex.

Early Monday morning, at about 1:12 a.m., an investigator was working security duty at a bowling alley in West Knox County, near the intersection of Parkside Drive and Mabry Hood Road, when he saw Tate driving in a red Ford Explorer.

He obtained part of the license plate number and phoned the tip into patrol officers.

An officer then caught up with the Explorer on Parkside Drive at Seven Oaks Drive. When he tried to pull the car over, the suspect drove away.

Tate led the officers on a chase that took them all the way to the intersection of East Red Bud and Cruze Roads in South Knox County, where Tate's car left the road.

The officers then chased Tate into a wooded area, where they used a police dog to track and catch Tate. The dog bit the suspect and the officers were able to catch up to him.

He was taken into custody.

Tate had five outstanding warrants at the time of his capture including first degree murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and failure to appear.

As a result of the pursuit, Tate was also charged with reckless driving, evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest, and driving without a valid license.

He's being held at the Knox County Detention Center on a more than $1 million bond.

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