Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
KCSO Arrests Robbery Suspect Following Pursuit
A Knoxville man was arrested today following a pursuit that ended in a crash in Jefferson County. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office was searching for 35–year-old Barry Lee Warwick after he robbed the Pilot, located at 6804 Clinton Highway just before 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning. KCSO issued a BOLO for Warwick, whose description matched that of a suspect involved in two armed robberies from today that the Knoxville Police Department began investigating. KPD spotted Warwick in the vehicle around 11:00 a.m. and pursued him, but terminated the chase. KCSO’s Narcotics Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and Major Crimes Unit caught up with him on I-40 at James White Parkway heading eastbound and initiated a pursuit. Warwick hit three KCSO vehicles during the pursuit, and crashed his vehicle at mile marker 410 in Jefferson County. The vehicle ran off the road and rolled, and he was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to UT Medical Center with what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured.
Warwick is charged with robbery and more charges are pending. He has a very lengthy criminal history in Knox County that includes aggravated robbery, robbery, simple possession/casual exchange, implied consent, DUI, various traffic offenses, theft by shoplifting, theft, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespass, and domestic assault.
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The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy will graduate 24 recruits in a special ceremony Friday, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on Maloneyville Road. Keynote speaker will be state representative from the 14th district, Jason Zachary.
The graduating class went through twelve weeks of intense training to meet the criteria set by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Commission. Students spent much of their time learning the law, arrest procedures, and community policing. They also developed expertise in firearms, driving and defensive tactics.
Nineteen of the graduates are from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 2 from Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office, 1 from Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, and 1 from Union County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony will include the presentation of P.O.S.T certificates to the students and the recognition of five exceptional recruits.
The Regional Academy was established in 1996 and has graduated hundreds of law enforcement officers.