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During the assault, the suspect, later identified as Lonnie Flemming, 31, fired a gunshot near the victim as she and a friend tried to call 911. Flemming then ran off.
Officer Derrick White spotted Flemming walking near Selma and Chestnut. Officer White chased Flemming into the woods and down to a creek bank, where police say Flemming pulled out a handgun and fired at Officer White multiple times.
White was struck more than once, but was able to return fire, injuring Flemming.
As Officer Thomas Turner arrived to assist Officer White, they say Flemming then reached for a second weapon, forcing the officers to shoot Flemming multiple times.
Flemming was pronounced dead on the scene.
Officer White was taken to UT Medical Center for gunshot wounds to his arm. He was released Saturday night, but will have follow-up medical evaluations from specialists.
6 News looked at Flemming's criminal history in Knox County. It's three pages with convictions including assault and resisting arrest.
Officer White has been released from the hospital. Chief Rausch says White wants to return to work.
“All of us that do this job. We do it because we have an innate desire to protect people. He has a desire to get back to work and do his job so he'll heal hopefully soon and we'll get him back to work as soon as we can,” said Chief Rausch.
Police Chief Rausch tells 6 News to follow policy both officers are on administrative leave with pay. The shooting is being investigated. He says at this point it appears both officers followed department policies and procedures.
Suspect's criminal past
The Knoxville Police Department says Flemming has a long criminal history that included a March 2014 outstanding warrant for arrest on an aggravated assault charge on the same victim in Saturday's incident.
In the March incident, police say Flemming was accused of hitting the female victim in the eye, then throwing a bucket of bleach on her head and face. The woman suffered chemical burns and disfigurement.
Police say Flemming them pulled the woman down the street, causing multiple injuries to her face, stomach and chest.