Sheriff: Convicted felon arrested for shooting ex-girlfriend during car chase

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A convicted felon faces multiple charges after deputies said he shot at his ex-girlfriend on Wednesday as she drove.

Antonio Cortez Williams (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

Antonio Cortez Williams, 30, fired shots at his girlfriend while she tried to turn into the Weigel’s parking lot near Ball Camp Pike, according to court documents. His ex-girlfriend told deputies she saw Williams roll down the window of his car and fire shots at her. She fled north on Ball Camp Pike with Williams in pursuit, still shooting at her. The chase continued onto Andes Road, then Chert Pit Road and finally turned into the parking lot of the Wiegel’s on Cedar Bluff Road. As she was turning into the parking lot, she realized she had been shot once in the stomach. She was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.

The victim’s car had multiple bullet holes in the driver’s side door.

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A man driving near Weigel’s on Ball Camp Pike told deputies he saw Williams firing a handgun out the window of his car. The man said a bullet entered through the driver’s window, exiting a back window.

Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested Williams just after 10:00 on Sunday night in front of a hotel on Pratt Road. Officers confiscated 7.5 grams of heroin and a large amount of cash during the arrest.

Williams is charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder, two counts of employing a firearm with the intent to go armed during a dangerous felony, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and schedule I drugs. He was previously convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault in Madison County, Tenn.

When the incident was first reported, Ball Camp Elementary, Cedar Bluff Elementary and Middle, and Hardin Valley Elementary and Academy were placed on soft lockdown for about 20 minutes. Amherst Elementary and Karns Middle were placed on lockdown later on Wednesday as the investigation unfolded.

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