KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The naked man who was shot after he allegedly entered a home illegally in West Knoxville has been identified by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a report from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, officers responded to a home on the 7800 block of Westland Drive around 9 p.m. on Tuesday for an aggravated burglary report.
The KCSO report stated that the resident was walking back from his workshop into the home through the backdoor when he noticed the front door was open and an unknown person had ransacked his living room. Deputies say the resident found a naked man, who officers later identified as Drake Combs, 27, in his kitchen.
Combs allegedly told the resident to leave the home before vandalizing the residence, throwing items and continuing to be aggressive toward the resident. Deputies say the resident then called for his wife to get out of the house, and they both fled to the neighbor’s house.
While one of the residents called 911, the neighbor got his 9mm handgun and went into the front yard where he found Combs in the residents’ driveway, according to the report.
Deputies say that Combs went outside, got on top of the resident’s car and broke off the back windshield. Combs then approached the neighbor, windshield wiper in hand, as the neighbor demanded that Combs stop and get on the ground.
Combs allegedly continued to aggressively follow the neighbor into his yard. Deputies say the neighbor fired a warning shot into the ground, hoping Combs would stop.
In the report, Combs continued toward the neighbor, aggressively swinging the windshield wiper, which caused the neighbor to shoot him one time.
KCSO spokesperson Kimberly Glenn said on Tuesday that Combs was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment and was shot once in the chest. According to an update from KCSO on Friday, he is in critical condition.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation.
EDITORS NOTE: This story has been updated with new information.