Two arrested for shooting at Knox County deputies and leading chase through 4 counties


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Two suspects are in custody after shooting at a Knox County Sheriff’s deputy and engaging in a vehicle pursuit through four counties early Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s office, a patrol officer attempted to make a traffic stop on Kingston Pike just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and almost immediately shots were fired at the deputy. A police pursuit which traveled through Knox, Sevier, Jefferson and Hamblen counties ensued.

Officers say they were able to safely stop the suspects in Hamblen County with spike strips around 3 a.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Sevier, Jefferson and Hamblen County Sheriff’s Offices and White Pine Police assisted in apprehending the suspects.

55-year-old Danny Chavis and 38-year-old Paige Nicholson, both of Loudon County, were taken into custody.

Chavis is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of employing firearm during a felony and three counts of drug-related parole violations.

Nicholson is charged with two counts of facilitation of attempted first-degree murder. Both suspects also face Schedule II drug charges. She also faces one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent of delivery/sale.

The combined bond for Chavis was set at $1,050,000. Nicholson’s bond has been set at 1,000,000.

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