Suspect shot after allegedly trying to run over deputies in East

Suspect shot after allegedly trying to run over deputies in East Knox County

Michael Paul Hicks (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Michael Paul Hicks (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office says two of its patrol officers shot and injured a man who tried to run over them Sunday night in East Knox County.

Michael Paul Hicks, 38, is charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder, driving while privileges revoked and leaving the scene of an accident.

The sheriff's office says the officers were responding to 7712 Old Rutledge Pike around 9 p.m. for a call of a suspicious vehicle on the property.

Officers Medwin Keltner and Chad White found a gap in a chain link fence around the property that the suspect had driven his SUV through.

Hicks then approached the officers in a 2002 white Nissan Xterra, stopping briefly when the officers identified themselves.

Hicks then allegedly drove the SUV toward White, knocking him to the ground. The vehicle also struck Keltner and hit a patrol car as it sped away.

Officers fired at Hicks. He was located around 11 p.m. at 1101 Sanborn Avenue and taken to UT Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Hicks has outstanding warrants for theft, failure to obey court orders, driving while privileges revoked, criminal litter, evading arrest, reckless driving, violation of safety seat belt requirement, speeding, and failure to complete DUI school and litter pickup.

Deputies say he has a lengthy criminal history in Knox County, including resisting, implied consent, evading arrest, criminal impersonation, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, promote manufacture of methamphetamine, burglary, theft, and multiple traffic violations.

Detectives are still looking for the vehicle Hicks was driving, which should have front end damage. They are also looking for a white female who was a passenger during the incident. The vehicle was not stolen, but belonged to a friend who had let Hicks borrow it. Anyone with information is asked to call the KCSO at (865) 215-2461.

Officers Keltner and White were treated and released from UT Medical Center Sunday night. As part of standard procedure, both are on indefinite paid administrative leave.
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