Knox County deputies shot and wounded a suspect who tried to run them down with an SUV Sunday night.
Investigators said Officers Medwin Keltner and Chad White were sent to 7712 Old Rutledge Pike just before 9 pm to investigate a suspicious vehicle on the property. When they arrived, they found a gap in the chain link fence where a vehicle had been driven through.
They then spotted the suspect in a white 2002 Nissa Xterra. The driver stopped briefly when the officers identified themselves, then he started driving towards the officers, knocking Officer White to the ground first, then hitting Officer Keltner and the patrol car as he sped away. The officers fired shots at the suspect as he drove off.
The suspect was later identifed as Michael Paul Hicks, 38, of Knoxville. He was located around 11 pm on Sanborn Avenue and taken to UT Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound to his upper body.
After he's released from the hospital he will be taken to the the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. He was charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder, driving while privilege revoked, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Hicks has a long criminal history in Knox County, including resisting arrest, implied consent, evading arrest, criminal impersonation, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, promote manufacture of methamphetamine, burglary, theft, and multiple traffic violations. He has current outstanding warrants for theft, failure to obey court orders, driving while privileges revoked, criminal litter, evading arrest, reckless driving, violation for safety seat belt requirement, speeding and failure to complete DUI school and litter pickup.
Investigators are still looking for the white 2002 Nissa Xterra that Hicks was driving. It should have front end damage. They are also looking for a woman who was in the SUV with him when the shooting occurred. Anyone with information is asked to call the KCSO at (865) 215-2461. The vehicle was not stolen, but belonged to a friend who loaned it to Hicks.
Officers Keltner and White were treated and released from U.T. Medical Center Sunday night. They are on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, which is standard procedure for officers who are involved in a shooting.