Update 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3: KPD says a standoff with an armed gunman in a Northeast Knoxville neighborhood is over.
Authorities said they took Shane Jonathan Tucker, 25, into custody around 7:17 p.m. Saturday. Officers believed he was also the man who fired sho
ts on I-40 Saturday morning.
KPD said Tucker then barricaded himself inside a home, made up of a number of apartments, on Wheeler Street for several hours.
A woman had been in an adjacent basement apartment, but police were able to get her out around 3 p.m. Saturday.
KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk said the suspect would talk with negotiators on and off throughout the standoff.
DeBusk said it seemed Tucker had mood swings of some type that prevented him from wanting to talk at times.
According to KPD, Tucker mostly asked them if he could talk to several different individuals, including his pastor.
"Our negotiators are trained in how to deal with these situations. A lot of times its good to allow them to talk to certain individuals, and other times it can be bad. They have to really weigh the situation at the time to determine the good for the individual that's in crisis and talk to them personally," DeBusk said.
Before the suspect gave himself up, authorities sent two rounds of tear gas into the home.
"We did allow him to talk to a couple of individuals and we worked with him the best that we could. Obviously it had been going on for quite some time and he continued to refuse to come out and that's why we had to go to the next level and that's when we decided to introduce tear gas," DeBusk said.
Around 7:17 p.m. Tucker told negotiators he was ready to come out. He followed their instructions and was taken into custody without incident outside the home.
KPD said they believed personal issues in Tucker's family life led to the shooting and standoff; however, authorities wouldn't go into more detail.
"It's very possible that he had been consuming alcohol, that's something that we'll be investigating. We do believe that alcohol was obviously involved in this incident. We suspect the court will ask for some kind of a mental evaluation after this incident, but of course that will be up to the court to decide," KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk said.
KPD's forensics unit gathered evidence after the standoff to determine whether or not Tucker owned the guns. They believe three guns were involved with at least one long gun, and at one or two possible hand guns.
Authorities reopened the westbound lanes of I-40 shortly after Tucker was taken into custody Saturday evening.
KPD said Tucker is being charged with felony reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon with an intent to go armed.
UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.
KPD said officers believe the man who fired shots on I-40 Saturday morning is barricaded in a home on Wheeler St. in a nearby East Knoxville neighborhood.
KPD said there is a woman in the basement home but they believe she is fine.
The house is broken into apartments, and the woman lives
in the bottom floor.
I-40E was reopened, but KPD said West bound lanes will remain closed.
Neighbors said officers were in the area around 7:30 a.m. when shots were fired. Earlier in the morning, James Henley, a 20-year resident, said someone shot out the back window of his car and put bullet holes in the house next door.
KPD said there is a good chance the two incidents are connected.
(WBIR-Knoxville) I-40 is shutdown in both directions after a man on foot fired shots along the interstate Saturday morning.
KPD was dispatched to the scene, at the Cherry Street exit, just after 9 a.m. Saturday. TDOT cameras show several police officers on the scene with guns drawn.
TDOT said lanes are blocked from I-275, exit 387, to exit 393, which is the ramp for I-640 and I-75.
Drivers are urged to take alternate routes.
KPD has a command center set up nearby, on Wheeler St., where neighbors told 10News shots were fired earlier in the morning, around 7:30 a.m.