UPDATE: Carjacking suspect in custody; taken to UT Medical with gunshot wound


DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — The carjacking suspect authorities had been searching for since last week was taken into custody early Monday morning, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to the emergency room following his arrest due to a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Knoxville carjacking suspect, Aaron Stein, had been on the run following a daylong search Thursday in New Market. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and New Market Police Department were asking people to be on the lookout for the suspect. A local elementary school had gone on lockdown Friday while police searched the area.

JCSO said early Monday morning that just before 3 a.m. deputies with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office SWAT supported by SORT deputies with the Sheriff’s Office approached the suspect in a creek bed after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation aviation unit spotted the suspect with FLIR. As deputies approached the suspect, he turned the weapon on himself and fired. He was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where his condition was unknown.

The suspect had been identified over the weekend; however, his name was erroneously reported by authorities – his name is Aaron Bradley Stein. JCSO said he attempted to steal a vehicle Sunday morning in the City of New Market on Minnis Street which is where he was last seen. They said the search was ongoing in that area as of 5 p.m.

By early Monday morning, Stein had been apprehended and was receiving medical attention due to the gunshot wound. No further details were shared and his condition was unknown as of 5:50 a.m.

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