Police say man killed in North Knoxville shooting attempted to rob residents

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Police say a Knoxville man killed Tuesday in a North Knoxville shooting was shot by a resident after demanding money at gunpoint.

The robber has been identified as 31-year-old Alexander Skelton, of Knoxville.

According to Knoxville Police, Skelton entered the home at 1100 Vermont Avenue. A resident shot Skelton after he brandished a firearm and demanded. Officers responded around 1:40 p.m. and spoke with “numerous” individuals after their arrival.

The resident that shot Skelton remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

No charges have been filed at this stage of the investigation, which remains ongoing, by the Violent Crimes Unit. Upon the completion of the investigation, the file will be turned over to the Knox County District Attorney’s Office to make a determination regarding prosecution.

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