Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
KCSO K9 Retires after Seven Years of Service
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office retired one of its K9s this month. Axel, a German Shepherd, was born in 2005 in the Czech Republic. He began working for the KCSO in February 2007, was certified by N.N.D.D.A. (National Narcotic Detector Dog Association in Patrol and Narcotics), and became a dual purpose patrol/narcotics dog. In 2010, he and his handler, Officer Jason Myers, were awarded K9 Team of the Year at the KCSO. They have been K-9 Team of the Month seven times. Axel placed third in the K9 Challenge in 2007 and finished second in 2013.
Axel will be spending the rest of his retirement with his handler, which is usually what happens when a K9 retires.
Axel’s career statistics are as follows:
TOTAL K-9 DEPLOYMENTS: 634
Area Searches: 92
Building Searches: 134
Alarm Calls: 105
Evidence Searches: 21 (recovered gun)
Crowd Control Deployments: 7
Used for Perimeter Security: 13
Vehicles Searches for Narcotics: 286
Buildings Searched for Narcotics: 5
Lockers Searched: 608
Luggage Searched: 150
Packages Searched: 12
Vehicle Seizures: 12
Money Seizures: $13,588
Weapons Seized: 2
Marijuana: 1602 grams
Powder Cocaine: 25.7grams
Crack Cocaine: 112.85grams
Hash: 41 grams
Controlled Substance: 510 tablets
AGENCIES ASSISTED: Knoxville Police Dept, Anderson County S.O., Sevierville Police Dept, FBI, Oak Ridge Police Dept, US Secret Service, Knox County Schools.
Stabbing Suspect Dies after Shooting
A suspect in an August stabbing incident died at U.T. Hospital after shots were fired by Knox County deputies. Elijah Jackson, 33, was wanted for aggravated assault and violation of probation. Officers with Major Crimes and Narcotics spotted Jackson in North Knox County Friday morning in a gold colored Mazda SUV and followed him to East Beaver Creek Road where they attempted to make a traffic stop. He rammed three KCSO cars and attempted to run over several officers. That’s when officers opened fire hitting Jackson. He drove into a subdivision on Mountain Mist Road tearing through a backyard and coming to a stop only when he came to a wooded area. Rural Metro transported Jackson to the hospital where he later died. A white female, who was in the vehicle, was taken into custody and is being questioned.
Officers had been looking for Jackson since the August 16th incident at the Farragut Market on Kingston Pike. He had accosted a man in the parking lot and hit him in the back of the head before stabbing him as the man tried to run. Warrants for aggravated assault and violation of probation were taken out following the incident.
KCSO Searching for Little Caesars Armed Robber
Detectives with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a man who robbed a North Knox County business Wednesday night. According to the initial investigation, a white male entered Little Caesars located at 7116 Maynardville Highway just before 10:00 p.m. and robbed the business with a black handgun. He fled the store on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was injured.
The suspect is described as a clean-shaven white male with dark hair, possibly 30-40-years-old, approximately 5'7"-5'10", and 125-135 pounds. He was wearing brown ball cap with a Samuel Adams logo, short-sleeved dark-colored t-shirt with a Dale Earnhardt Jr. racing logo, and blue jeans at the time of the robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the KCSO Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.
KCSO's 3nd Annual Drug Prevention Car and Motorcycle Show
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its third annual Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, September 27th at Chilhowee Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m., judging begins at noon, and awards begin at 2:00 p.m. The vehicle entry fee is $20 and the show is open to all vehicles, both old and new. Spectator admission is free.
Door prizes will be given away throughout the event. The top door prize is a free weekend rental of a convertible BMW (compliments of Grayson BMW) with a two-night stay at the Greystone Lodge in Gatlinburg. Other prizes include tickets to several attractions in Pigeon Forge, gift certificates to area restaurants, and more.
Proceeds of the Car and Motorcycle Show will benefit KCSO’s Life Skills Program. Life Skills is a highly-effective evidence-based substance abuse program that teaches 5th grade students how to make healthy choices, resolve conflicts, and to take charge of their lives. The KCSO uses specially-trained officers to serve as instructors of this program within the Knox County Schools. For more information or to pre-register, please call (865) 215-5633.