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Investigators say Knoxville man fatally shot in fight over drug deal

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(WBIR-Knoxville) Investigators say a botched drug deal led to the fatal shooting of a Knoxville man Sunday night.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. the victim, Ke Lonzo Deon'tez Pullens, 23, and his girlfriend drove to the parking lot of North West Middle School on Pleasant Ridge Road around 6:00 p.m. to buy marijuana.

They were met by 18-year-old Joshua Allen Berry and 18-year-old Jerman Umar Jackson, who got into the couple's car and rode with them to the Autumn Landing Apartments on Pleasant Ridge Road.

Investigators say Pullens pulled into the parking lot to examine the drugs, and Barry and Pullens began arguing.  Pullens pulled a gun out from beneath the driver's seat and pointed it at Berry.  The two began struggling over the gun, and eventually rolled out of the car.

Berry finally got the gun and pointed at the other three, then investigators say he shot Pullens.
 
Berry is charged with second degree murder and is being held in the Knox County Sheriff's Detention Facility on a $500,000 bond.

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The Knox County Sheriff's Office said deputies and KPD responded to a shooting at an apartment complex in North Knoxville on Sunday evening.

Officers arrived at the Autumn Landing apartment complex off of Pleasent Ridge Road around 7 p.m Sunday.

A 10News crew on the scene witnessed approximately 10 law enforcement vehicles on the scene.

Officers roped off the area surrounding the complex.

Stay with 10News and WBIR.com as more details are released on this story.

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