Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Man Suffers Self-inflicted Gunshot Wound
The Knox County Sheriff responded to 4507 Shipe Road around 8:30 this morning after a man shot himself in the leg. According to the initial investigation, 48-year-old Howard Stuffle, Jr. was sitting in a chair in the living room, reached for a cup of coffee on the kitchen counter, and knocked over a .22 caliber short rifle that had been leaning against the wall. As he picked up the gun, he placed one hand on the barrel and one hand on the stock area and the gun discharged, striking Stuffle in the leg.
He was transported by Rural Metro to UT Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
KCSO Corrections Sergeant Promoted to Lieutentant
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates Lt. Paul Cooper for his recent promotion. Cooper was promoted from sergeant to lieutentant in corrections. He has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since January 2007.
7th Annual Knoxville Law Enforcement Memorial 5K
The 7th Annual Knoxville Law Enforcement Memorial Run will be held on Saturday, May 10th at 8:00 a.m. at Volunteer Landing. Proceeds of the event benefit the establishment of a law enforcement memorial in Knoxville.
Runners may pre-register by visiting http://www.knoxlemr.com. Prerace packet pick up opportunities include Fleet Feet at Turkey Creek on May 8th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Knoxville Police Department on May 9th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Day-of-race packet pick up will be held from 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Same-day registration opens up at 6:30 a.m. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a commemorative t-shirt, and day-of-race registrants will receive t-shirts while supplies last.
The race will begin at 8:00 a.m., and an awards ceremony will follow at 9:30 a.m. Runners do not need to be affiliated with a law enforcement agency to participate. For more information or to register online, please visit http://www.knoxlemr.com.
One Dead, Another Critically Injured in Car-Train Collision
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an afternoon collision between a car and a train that killed one woman and left her husband critically injured. Fifty-two year old Teresa Davis died at the scene after she was ejected from the roof of the car. Her husband, 58 year old Jack Davis, II was transported to U.T. Medical Center by Rural Metro with critical injuries. He was immediately taken into surgery. Officers said neither victim was wearing a seatbelt. They also said the train was traveling no more than 40 miles an hour at the time of the impact.
The collision happened around 2:30 at Ball Camp Road and Ball Camp Pike at a railroad crossing. Two witnesses told investigators that it looked like the couple didn’t see the westbound CSX train. They said the 2013 Chevy Equinox didn’t slow down. A family member said the couple was on the way back to their home at 8113 Ball Camp Pike from Teresa’s parents’ house which was near the train tracks where the accident occurred.
Officials from CSX were also on the scene investigating.