A Seymour man has been released from the hospital and charged with attempted second-degree murder after trying to run down two Knoxville Police officers on Monday.
Charles Franklin, 32, had been hospitalized for treatment of a gunshot wound to the hand. The officers opened fire on Franklin when he tried to hit them with his car.
He will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.
Update April 29, 11:56 am:
Knoxville police said they'll charge a Seymour man with two counts of attempted second-degree murder after officers said he tried to run them over.
Officer Adam Parnell and Officer Adam Barnett said Charles Franklin, 32, of Seymour tried to run them over as they approached his vehicle after he crashed at the intersection of Sevier and McClung avenues. The officers said they shot Franklin several times and struck him in the hand.
The incident started at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in south Knoxville at the Stonewall Apartments on Sevier Avenue. Police said a woman called from a nearby gas station saying someone stabbed her during a fight reportedly over spilled beer. When officers arrived at the scene, a small SUV sped away.
Parnell and Barnett were working an unrelated larceny call a few miles away when they saw Franklin's SUV lose control and crash, according to the Knoxville Police Department. When Parnell and Barnett tried to check on the suspect, Franklin allegedly tried to run them over.
KPD said the officers shot at the driver several times, but Franklin got away.
The officers working the initial stabbing call caught up with Franklin several miles away and took him into custody. Authorities said Franklin is currently getting treatment for gunshot wound in his hand at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Once he's released from the hospital, authorities will charge Franklin with attempted second-degree homicide.
The police department has placed Parnell and Barnett on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed, which is standard procedure.
Investigators are still trying to determine if Franklin has any connection to the reported stabbing, which involved several people. Crews took a woman to UT Medical Center for a minor injury. At this time, no one has been charged in the stabbing incident.
Knoxville police officers say they were forced to shoot at a suspect after he tried to run them over.
It all started at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in south Knoxville at Stonewall Apartments.
Police say a woman called from a nearby gas station saying she had been stabbed. When officers got there, a small SUV sped away.
According to police, officers working an unrelated larceny call a few miles away saw the SUV lose control and crash. When they attempted to check on the person, he tried to run them over.
Police say officers shot at the driver several times but he got away.
The officers working the original stabbing caught up with him several miles away and took him into custody. He had been shot once and was taken to the hospital.
Officers cannot say right now if he is a suspect in the stabbing.
The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
Neither the stabbing victim nor the suspect shot appear to have life-threatening injuries.