KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is continuing an active search for suspects after deputies were shot at in the Karns community overnight Monday in West Knox County. Two juveniles have been already taken into custody on charges unrelated to the shooting incident, according to KCSO.
Sheriff Tom Spangler will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 to provide an update on the investigation into the shooting and the seriousness of firing at officers.
Deputies had responded to a report of a possible car burglary just after midnight Monday.
A KCSO spokesperson said when deputies arrived in the 3500 block of Wexgate Road, which is off of Oak Ridge Highway, they were confronted by two people. At least one of the suspects fired at the deputies, and the deputies returned fire as the suspects fled on foot.
The suspects are described as “armed and dangerous” and KCSO officials said in an update Monday morning that both men were wearing dark hoodies, possibly in their early 20s; one male was wearing jeans and the other khaki pants/shorts, according to nearby camera footage.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives along with Property Crimes Detectives were back in the area of Wexgate & Volunteer Village in the Karns community Monday afternoon following up on leads from this morning’s incident.
The sheriff’s office Airwatch Unit and drone team as well as SWAT and negotiations teams have been called to the scene to assist in the search. No deputies have been reported as injured.
If anyone sees anything suspicious, they are urged to call 911 immediately.
KCSO added that during the course of the investigation, two juveniles were taken into custody on charges unrelated to the original shooting incident.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated.