Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Identified
One person is dead following last night’s shooting in Turkey Creek shopping center. Officers with the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force were conducting a fugitive investigation on a man with warrants out of Blount County and Knoxville. The investigation led them to the parking lot of Pier One Imports, located at 11130 Parkside Drive, around 9:00 p.m. Monday night. Officers located the suspect, 32-year-old Brandon S. Lambert of Alcoa, and attempted to apprehend him. He resisted and rammed law enforcement vehicles with his vehicle. Two officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and one deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service fired shots at Lambert. (A KCSO vehicle was damaged during the incident, and no officers were injured.) Lambert was transported to UT Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. His body was transported to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center for examination.
Lambert was wanted for theft, evading arrest, and reckless endangerment warrants out of Blount County. He was wanted for evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, and other motor vehicle violations from the Knoxville Police Department. He rammed a police vehicle and fled during a pursuit in Maryville last weekend, and evaded arrest in Knoxville on February 5th.
Last night’s incident is being investigated jointly by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Knoxville Police Department Violent Crimes Unit. At the conclusion of the investigation, the matter will be forwarded to the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office for adjudication. As per standard procedure, the two officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office are on administrative leave with pay as the investigation continues.
More details, including the names of the KCSO officers involved, will be released as they develop.
Charges Pending in South Knox Fatality
A Seymour woman was killed in a one car crash Sunday night around 9:30 on Stock Creek Road in South Knox County. Dead is 58 year old Ronnie Sue Lowe. She was a passenger in a car driven by 55 year old Pauline Sue Tyra of Stock Creek Road. She was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Traffic Unit Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office say speed and alcohol were factors in the crash and that charges are pending against Tyra. Neither woman was wearing a seatbelt.
The wreck happened when Tyra’s 2003 Pontiac left the road and went airborne crashing into a tree.
KCSO Seeking Information on Injured Dog Found in Mascot
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a dog found suffering from an apparent gunshot wound on Tuesday. KCSO Animal Control responded to Alco Loop Road in Mascot on February 7th regarding a severely injured dog.
The dog is a light brown female pit bull, approximately 40 pounds, with white on her neck, chest, and paws, and some slight hair loss near her hindquarters. She was wearing a faded camouflage collar. She was not wearing tags nor was she found to have been microchipped.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the KCSO at (865) 215-2243.
KCSO Arrests Hampton Inn & Suites Attempted Aggravated Robbery Suspect
The man who attempted to rob a West Knox County hotel Sunday night is in custody. The Knox County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit arrested 48-year-old Craig Anthony "Tony" Stevens just before 4:00 Wednesday afternoon on North Watt Road. Stevens is responsible for attempting to rob Hampton Inn & Suites, located at 11340 Campbell Lakes Drive, with a box cutter Sunday night.
Stevens is charged with attempted aggravated robbery and will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $25,000 bond. He is also facing auto theft charges for stealing the getaway car used in the attempted robbery. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes aggravated robbery, assault, burglary, driving under the influence, driving while privilege suspended, public intoxication, public order crimes, burglary, aggravated burglary, theft of merchandise, and aggravated assault.
Mug shot is from a prior arrest.