Suspect identified in Cedar Bluff ramming, shooting with KCSO deputy

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A suspect has been booked into the Knox County Jail following Friday’s shooting involving a KCSO deputy on Cedar Bluff Road. He is being held without bond.

The suspect, 38-year-old Paul Robert Maples of Knoxville, was arrested Friday after trying to ram a KCSO deputy with a car as the deputy was attempting to arrest him on felony warrants at the Kroger on Cedar Bluff Road and Kingston Pike. 

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Three KCSO deputies were attempting to take Maples into custody when he tried to hit the officers with his vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department. Deputies fired at the vehicle and struck both Maples and an unidentified female passenger. Both Maples and the woman were transported to UT Medical Center for treatment.  

Maples is facing two charges of aggravated robbery, along with one charge of robbery and violation of probation, and other previous charges, according to arrest records. He is being held in the Knox County Jail with no bond. 

Maples’ warrants are for two aggravated robberies at two Delta Express gas stations at 7001 Kingston Pike and 7301 Middlebrook Pike on Feb. 23, and 24. He admitted his intentions were to convince the clerks that he had a weapon during the robberies, according to the warrants. At both locations, Maples demanded and got $500 worth of cigarettes, according to records. 

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