KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knoxville police investigators have launched a homicide investigation and are seeking a suspect after a man was found dead on the Broadway Viaduct on Wednesday.
Officers responded to the bridge between W. Depot Avenue and W. Jackson Avenue around 3 p.m. where 35-year-old Travis Brown of Knoxville was pronounced dead at the scene. KPD said he died as a result of a gunshot.
A KPD spokesperson said detectives believe he was the victim of foul play.
Jayshawn Williams, 36, of Knoxville, has since been identified as a suspect and Homicide Unit detectives have obtained a warrant charging him with second-degree murder. Detectives are working to locate Williams, who is known to frequent the downtown Knoxville area.
Anyone who may have information on Williams’ whereabouts are urged to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers.
There are multiple ways you can provide anonymous information to Crime Stoppers. You can call 865-215-7165 or **TIPS, and go online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, via the free mobile app, P3 Tips, or on the East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers Facebook page. Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward.
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The bridge was closed as homicide detectives, crime lab personnel, and medical examiners surveyed the scene. It reopened just before 6 p.m.