The Knox County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference Friday afternoon to share body camera video from a shooting earlier this month on Emory Road that involved a sheriff’s deputy and a corrections officer.
Officers responded to a burglary alarm call on January 4 at a home in 3900 block of W. Emory Road. Sheriff Tom Spangler said when the resident came in, he accidentally set off the alarm. Spangler says the resident turned off the alarm, but forgot to turn off the panic alarm. The alarm company tried to call the home but did not get an answer.
Spangler says the officer rang the front doorbell but didn’t get an answer. He saw clothing strewn through the house through a window, leading him to believe there may have been a burglary, and went around to the back door.
The officer heard what sounded like a woman scream, so he began approaching the back door with his gun drawn. The resident then quickly opened the door, also with his gun drawn, and the officer fired a shot. The resident was not hurt.
Spangler says the officer did nothing wrong in this situation.
“By the grace of God, we could’ve had two fatalities here,” said Spangler.