Man facing attempted murder charge after shooting 20 times at Knoxville Police

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knoxville man is facing attempted murder and aggravated assault charges after he allegedly fired 20 shots at a Knoxville Police cruiser.

James Marquiz Ketner, 20, was charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault after responding to a report of shots fired on Cumberland Avenue.

Knoxville Police saw man fire multiple rounds in the Cumberland Avenue area around 2:15 a.m. Saturday before getting into the driver’s seat of a white Nissan Sentra and fleeing the scene onto Alcoa Highway where one round was fired toward a KPD officer’s unmarked vehicle before the car exited onto Cherokee Trail.

At around 3:45 a.m., the vehicle was spotted on Fern Street near Martin Luther King Avenue.

Officers followed the car for several blocks to verify it was the same vehicle from the earlier chase. While following the Nissan, it stopped in the middle of Beaman Lake Road just north of Yellowstone and some 20 rounds were fired at an officer’s vehicle, Knoxville Police said.

The officer was not injured and his vehicle was not damaged during the incident. No other shooting victims were reported.

The suspect was later identified as Ketner and warrants were issued for Attempted Second Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault with a $70,000 bond. Ketner turned himself in on Sunday night and was booked into the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility, where he has since bonded out.


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