The Knox County District Attorney General's Office said Thursday it won't file charges against an owner of a liquor store who fired a warning shot into the air after an armed man apparently tried to rob his business.
Initially Knoxville police said the business owner, Modupe Osaro, fired his gun at two shoplifters as they ran from his North Knoxville store.
But after reviewing evidence and interviewing more people, officers now believe one of the shoplifting suspects, Nathan Kelso, was armed with a gun Tuesday night and intended to rob the Somi Liquor Store at 2422 N. Central St.
A business owner fired his gun at two shoplifters as they ran from his liquor store in north Knoxville Tuesday night, according to a Knoxville Police Department Facebook post.
Officers responded to the Somi Liquor Store at 2422 N. Central Street about 8:40 p.m. after someone reported that a gun was fired.
Police said the business owner Modupe Osaro, 59, confronted the shoplifters, Nathan Kelso and Veronica Upton, with a gun and demanded that they hand over the liquor they tried to steal. After giving back the liquor, Kelso and Upton apparently ran out the front door, and Osaro ran after them. Once outside, police said the store owner fired his gun at them at least once, but no one was struck.
Kelso continued running down Central Street, as Upton fled to a parked vehicle. Osaro confronted Upton at the car, and apparently dragged her out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
Police arrested the shoplifting suspects on various charges. Police also took Osaro's handgun for processing.
The Knox County District Attorney General's Office will now review evidence and testimony.