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Grand jury indicts Michigan man in North Knoxville fatal shooting

Vondre Lamar Allen has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge, according to the Knox County Grand Jury.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn — (UPDATE NOV. 19): A man involved in a fatal shooting reported in North Knoxville has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge, according to the Knox County Grand Jury.

Vondre Lamar Allen was arrested in Detroit, Michigan, by the U.S. Marshals Service on July 24 around 4:30 p.m.

The Knoxville Police Department identified Allen as a suspect in the murder of Phillip Sneed. 

Sneed was found shot in North Knoxville on Tuesday.

KPD said Allen, who is from Highland Park, Michigan, was sent to the Wayne County jail.

(UPDATE July 24): A 24-year-old Michigan man is being sought in the killing Tuesday of a man found shot on a North Knoxville street.

Knoxville Police Department identified the suspect as Vondre Lamar Allen of Highland Park, Mich., a suburb of Detroit.

Phillip Sneed's body was found in the 700 block of West Oak Hill Avenue. Sneed, 36, was from Detroit. The shooting was not random, according to KPD.

According to KPD, Allen was identified through leads that were developed by KPD Investigators Jason Booker and Chas Terry with assistance from the Organized Crime Unit.

A first-degree murder warrant has been issued for Allen. 

He's considered armed and dangerous. He may be driving a silver 2020 Ford Fusion with Pennsylvania tags.

If you have information about Allen call the Crime Hotline at 865-215-7212.

Police and deputies say they've seen a noticeable increase in recent years in drug traffickers from Detroit operating in the Knoxville area.

This week, the Knox County Sheriff's Office served warrants on two Detroit area men alleged to have been dealing cocaine, heroin and opioids.

(UPDATE 6:50 p.m. July 21): Knoxville Police identified the victim in Tuesday afternoon's shooting was as Phillip Sneed, 36, from Detroit, Michigan.

The Violent Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate the incident, according to KPD.


Knoxville police are investigating the shooting death of a male Tuesday afternoon in North Knoxville.

The shooting "is not believed to be random in nature," according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Scott Erland.

Authorities were called about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to the 700 block of W. Oak Hill Avenue where they found a male in the street with "multiple gunshot wounds."

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The neighborhood is west of Interstate 275 and north of Woodland Avenue.

The male died at University of Tennessee Medical Center. Details about him have not been released.

"Violent Crimes Unit investigators and Forensics Unit personnel responded to the scene to begin the investigation, which remains in the preliminary stages," according to Erland.

No one was in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.