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KPD arrests suspect accused of murder in West Knoxville shooting

Police said D'Tearius Southern, 27, from Knoxville is charged with murder and assault in the shooting.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Update (Jan. 13, 2022): The Knoxville Police Department arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a man in West Knoxville on New Year's Eve night. 

Police arrested D'Tearius Southern, 27, who is charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon as a convicted felon.

Police said Southern shot 29-year-old Terrell Kemp after a physical fight in a duplex. They said he left the duplex before officers arrived.

According to KPD, officers arrived at the duplex on the 2000 block of Countryhill Lane in response to a shooting. Officers found Kemp with a gunshot wound, saying he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Southern is also accused of assaulting and threatening to kill a woman who tried to intervene during the fight.

KPD Investigating Fatal Shooting on Countryhill Lane —— At around 6 p.m. on Friday, December 31, Knoxville Police...

Posted by Knoxville Police Department - TN on Friday, December 31, 2021

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