Knox County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Knox County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 400 Main Street Suite L165, Knoxville, 37902 TN
  • Chief:
Phone: 865-215-2444

Knox County Sheriff's Office is located at 400 Main Street Suite L165, Knoxville, 37902 TN. The Knox County Sheriff's Office phone number is 865-215-2444.

Knox County Sheriff's Office News


-KCSO investigating shooting- {UPDATE} November 11, 2018 KCSO Detectives have identified the victim in the fatal shooting as 56yo Lester Ott. After investigation it appears that Mr. Ott was the only victim shot by the suspects. The other victim that was wounded and remains in critical condition was shot as a result of return fire from the homeowner. The investigation is ongoing. ——————————————————— KCSO Major Crimes Unit investigating a fatal shooting in West Knox County. At approximately 8:00pm two suspects wearing bandannas entered a residence at 2728 Forest Edge Way. One victim was fatally wounded another is in critical condition and was taken to an area hospital. We do not have suspects descriptions at this time, and the motive is unclear. We will update as information becomes available. If you have any information on this or any other crime you can send that information to or 865-215-2243


November 9, 2018 Corporal Roman Sharp retired after 27 years of faithful service. We at KCSO appreciate your service and want you to know that you will be missed! Enjoy your retirement, it is well deserved. #KCSO #Corporal #Retirementparty #thankfulforyourservice #FAMILY

Sheriff Spangler & Chief Deputy Lyon spent some time Friday afternoon with the new COTA class. They also were on hand to greet some of the Corrections Officers after their training session. Sheriff Spangler began his career in 1980 as a Corrections Officer and Chief Lyon started his career with KCSO in 1979. These two fine men have a lot of wisdom to share with the newest members of the KCSO family. Best wishes ladies & gentlemen, we will see you in a few weeks at graduation! #COTA #KCSOFamily #correctionsofficersrock

We talk a lot about “distracted” driving, not driving while under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and of course we know that “texting” while driving is illegal and extremely dangerous. Sheriff Spangler would like to remind everyone to “buckle up” it could save your life! #safetyfirst #yourlifematters #wecare

We regret to inform you of the passing of retired Sergeant Bill Parrott. Family will be receiving friends Saturday, November 10, 6-8 p.m. The service will be Sunday, at Mynatt's Fountain City at 2:00. Burial at Highland South. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Now Hiring Property Officers! Minimum age 18 years old The Property Officer has the primary responsibility for all activities regarding the inventory, storage, care, and release of all inmate property. The following are required duties of this position: Inventory all property taken from inmates and produce a property receipt for said items. Inventory all monies taken from inmates and produce a receipt, log amount taken on the proper log, complete all paperwork, obtain a supervisors signature when required per policy and drop in locked moneybox. Education and Training Required The following are the educational and/or training requirements for this position: Must be able to read and comprehend English language directives, training materials, and other documentation. High school diploma or equivalent required. Must be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge in record keeping and basic inventory practices Starting Salary: $23,953.33 For more information please email

{UPDATE} The victim has been identified as 19yo Elijah Lane Powell. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as well as the entire Halls Community. According to Rural Metro Fire: 4 patients, 2 critical all transported to UTMC. Great Teamwork, Rural Metro, AMR, KCSO and as always the folks who have our First Responders backs the E-911 Dispatchers!

~Sheriff Spangler promotes Eddie Smith to Detective~ Sheriff Spangler & Chief Deputy Lyon are pleased to announce the promotion of Eddie Smith to Detective on November 5, 2018. Detective Smith has dedicated his adult life to protecting & serving Knox County. His special day was shared by many of his colleagues along with his Brother, LT. Jeff Smith who had the honor of placing the Detective pin on his uniform. Congratulations, Detective we know you will serve KCSO & Knox County with pride.

~No Validity to Tennova West Bomb Threat~ This afternoon KCSO Officers, EOD Unit, Detectives and our Bomb detection K-9 “Cid” were dispatched to Tennova West. After investigation, it was determined the threat was unfounded. Sheriff Spangler commends the staff at Tennova, the E-911 Dispatchers and those from KCSO for the quick response action to ensure the public’s safety. If you have any information on the person(s) who made the threat or any other crime, please email us at ~ or call us at 865-215-2243

~Bobby A. Hansard taken into custody~ The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office took Bobby A. Hansard into custody this morning around 10:00 am after they received a tip on his location. Hansard was transferred into the custody of KCSO Major Crimes Detectives and transported to Knox County. Sheriff Spangler would like to thank the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and assistance! He would also like to thank the public for their assistance in apprehending this dangerous fugitive. Sheriff Spangler commends the hard work of his Deputies, The Detectives and the various Units that worked tirelessly until this suspect was apprehended. Bobby A. Hansard will be taken to the Roger D. Wilson detention facility.

With the assistance of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, KCSO Detectives took Joseph Dallas Bellew, 21 of Sevier County, into custody today. A warrant charging Bellew with 1st degree murder was issued in Knox County earlier this afternoon. Bellew is charged in connection with the 10/31/18 South Knoxville homicide. Bond has been set at one million dollars. Please be advised KCSO still needs your assistance in capturing Bobby A. Hansard. Any information on this suspect can be called into our Major Crimes Detectives at 865-215-3590 or 865-215-2243, you can remain anonymous.

This afternoon we would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Detectives, Supervisors & Victim Advocates that serve in our Family Crisis Unit! They spend countless hours educating, counseling and combatting domestic, child, elder and sexual abuse. If you need assistance contact The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis Unit Monday-Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm at (865)215-6820 After 4:30pm you May call (865)215-2243. The Local Domestic Violence Hotline (865)521-6336

****UPDATE**** 11/03/18 9:30pm The vehicle has been located! KCSO Major Crimes Unit is still asking for the public to assist in locating Bobby A. Hansard. There has been an additional suspect taken into custody this evening. We will update as more information becomes available. WANTED FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER Bobby A. Hansard, 24 yr old white male from Sevier County, TN. A Warrant for first degree murder was issued in Knox County on 11/1 in connection with the 10/31 shooting on Smith Lane. The public is asked to call our Major Crimes Detectives if you have any information on the suspect. 865-215-3590 865-215-2243 or 911 Please DO NOT approach the suspect, he is considered armed and dangerous.

KCSO Major Crimes Unit is asking for the publics assistance to locate a vehicle used in yesterday’s shooting that has left one person deceased and another injured. Detectives are looking for a maroon 4 door sedan. The make and model are unknown at this time. Anyone with any information involving yesterday’s fatal shooting in South Knox County can call 865-215-3590 or 865-215-2284 REMEMBER: You CAN remain ANONYMOUS!

K9 Natan wanted to know if anyone had any leftover treats? He will be glad to take them off your hands! #K9 #KcsoK9 #TrickOrWoof #TreatTime #TheDarkKnight #HappyHalloween

-Special Investigation Unit conducts compliance checks- The seven days leading up to Halloween Operation “No Treat” has completed 82 compliance check reviews on Knox County registered sex offenders with 82 Field information reports filed for updates on each of these checks. Out of those checks 4 people were out of Compliance and warrants were issued. 3 arrests were made on violation of Sex Offender Registry. Sheriff Spangler wanted to ensure that our Children could trick or treat safely! A special Thank you to Captain Yarnell and his SIU men & women for a job well done!

A couple of our Officers and their K-9 Partners attended the funeral of “Josey”, a K-9 from Union County a couple of weeks ago. Josey’s Handler reached out and wanted to show her gratitude. Today, she brought each one of our K-9’s a new Kong! This act of kindness was not necessary but such a profound reminder that the “blue line” and “blue family” we often speak of is a way of life! #Givers #bluefamily #k9 #workingdogsrock

We are so thankful for the fine men & women who make up our Corrections staff. These Officers are professional, dedicated and we are proud of them! Left to Right: Cpl. F. Vito, Captain R. Anderson, Officer B. Bates, Chief S. Bravo, Officer D. Hensley (standing in for his brother on deployment). Front row center Lt. S. Hill awarded the “Patriotic Employer”. Presented by ESGR Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Teresa Beavers. Also receiving the same award but unable to attend the ceremony due to being out of town on an audit assignment, Chief B. Bivens. #KCSO #Family #Corrections #thankful

Congratulations to two of our very own! Sgt Tony Karnes and Dean Merritt are now CCA-CFA Certified Composite Artist / Certified Forensics Artist in Composite Drawing and Reconstruction Art. We are super proud of you both! #ForensicDrawing #CompositeDrawing #TonyWeWillIgnoreTheResemblance

Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with the people of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Police Department.