Knoxville Police Department

  • Agency: Knoxville Police Department
  • Address: 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave, Knoxville, 37915 TN
  • Chief: David B Rausch (Chief of Police)

Knoxville Police Department is located at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave, Knoxville, 37915 TN. The Chief of Police of the department is David B Rausch. The Knoxville Police Department phone number is (865) 215-7000.

Knoxville Police Department News

Investigators Seek Identity of Suspect On October 23, 2018, a female returned to her vehicle to find it had been burglarized and her purse stolen. The following day an unknown suspect attempted to use the victim’s identification to cash a check that had been made out to the victim. The suspect was driving what is believed to be a newer model silver Nissan Rogue that possibly had some driver-side rear damage. If you can identify the suspect or have information on this incident, please call the Knoxville Police Department’s crime information line at 865-215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted via our Facebook page: @KnoxvillePD.

The Real Dangers of Halloween and How You Can Stay Safe Halloween is a night all kids look forward too, but it is an especially dangerous night for trick-or-treaters. Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than at any other time of the year. The deadliest hour is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 60% of the fatal accidents occurred from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Just 30% of the accidents occurred at intersections and crosswalks. To help keep your Halloween safe, here are some safety tips for both kids and motorists: For Trick-or-Treaters: -Costumes: The most important thing is to make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. -Masks can obstruct your vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible. -Carry glow sticks or flashlights so you can see better, as well as be seen by drivers. -Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks when available. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. -Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. -Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. -Walk, Don’t Run - Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don’t dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars. For Motorists: -Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. -Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs. Remember, you must watch for children because they are excited and are most likely not watching for you. -Reduce any distractions inside your car such as talking on the phone or eating so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Parents, establish and review trick-or-treating rules before participating including these important tips: -Children should NOT go into strangers’ homes or apartments even for a moment! -Instruct children to only accept sealed treats and examine treats before eating. -If you discover your child has received tampered treats, try to determine where they came from and report the incident to police.

Today we remember our fallen brother in blue, Knoxville Police Officer David Munson. David was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash on this day five years ago. We continue to pray for his family, friends and colleagues as they reminisce about what a great man and Police Officer David was.

Lunchtime Tip Leads to Arrest of Vehicle Theft Suspect On Thursday, October 25, 2018, Knoxville Police Department Lt. Gordon Gwathney was eating lunch when he was approached by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Joe Sulewski. Detective Sulewski asked Lt. Gwathney to be on the lookout for a stolen gray Ford F350 bearing stolen TN tag 9K47X0. Detective Sulewski indicated the driver had been breaking into cars and stealing vehicles and campers in the county. While doing DUI enforcement at approximately 9:20 p.m., Lt. Gwathney spotted the male driving the vehicle on Wilder Place and conducted a traffic stop in the 2000 block of Dandridge Avenue. The suspect, Robert Buckner, 39, was charged with Motor Vehicle Theft, Theft (tag), Driving on a Suspended License, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Detective Sulewski was notified and the vehicle towed to the pound. Suspect: Robert Buckner 39-years-old Chattanooga, TN address

NOW HIRING ENTRY LEVEL AND LATERAL ENTRY POLICE OFFICERS The City of Knoxville is currently accepting applications for Police Officer Recruit. We have opportunities for entry-level police officers as well as lateral entry for those currently working as POST certified law-enforcement officers. Apply online today at www.knoxvilletn.gov/jobs With specific questions about the hiring process, call our recruitment office at 865-215-7111. The deadline to apply is November 16, 2018.

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Officer Honored for Outstanding Response During Felony Arrest Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas today name Officer J.D. Hopkins the Co-Officer of the Month for June. Officer Hopkins has been with KPD since December 1999. On June 2, 2018, at approximately 3:04 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue on the report of a home invasion by three individuals with a gun. After the call was cleared, another call came in from the same residence at 4:40 a.m. reporting shots fired into the residence. The caller gave information that the shooter(s) were on Chestnut Street. Officer Hopkins responded within a matter of seconds and located two males walking toward him. As they turned the corner, Officer Hopkins observed that one male had the butt of a handgun sticking out of his pants. Officer Hopkins stopped and ordered the two subjects to the ground. They refused to comply despite repeated orders. The male took the gun out of his pants still refusing to get on the ground as ordered by Officer Hopkins. The other subject then took the gun and ran from the scene. At that point, the male finally complied with Officer Hopkins’ instructions to get on the ground. As the suspect with the gun was fleeing, Officer Hopkins heard him drop the gun. That gun along with a second firearm was recovered. The male juvenile detained by Officer Hopkins was charged with two counts of Reckless Endangerment, Aggravated Assault on Officer Hopkins, and Juvenile in Possession of a Handgun. Chief Thomas said, “In Assistant District Attorney Tammy Hicks’ officer commendation letter, she praised Officer Hopkins’ outstanding job in the suspect’s probable cause hearing in Juvenile Court relaying the very tense situation in which he did his best to avoid shooting two young men who he believed were about to raise the gun and shoot at him.” The juvenile has now been transferred to adult court. Chief Thomas said, “Officer Hopkins demonstrated incredible restraint during a very stressful situation. We commend him on a truly outstanding job.”

Officer Honored for Response to Elder Abuse Call Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas today named Knoxville Police Department Officer Floyd Fox the June Co-Officer of the Month. Officer Fox has been with KPD since May 2002. On June 28, 2018, Officer Fox began a medical neglect investigation concerning an elderly lady in her late 60s. After knocking on the door of the residence, Officer Fox was eventually greeted by the elderly lady who promptly handed Officer Fox 4 dollars and urgently asked him to get her a Bacon and Egg Biscuit from a local fast food restaurant. When asked why the lady was so insistent that he do so, the woman responded, “Because I haven’t eaten in over three days.” A quick survey of the kitchen revealed that she had cans of food in her cabinets; and when asked about the canned food items, the woman responded that her family member, who is addicted to drugs, had pawned everything he could of hers including her walker and her hand-held can opener which she had to use in spite of her severe arthritis. After hearing her story and assessing the situation, Officer Fox left the scene and promised to return soon. Less than an hour later, Officer Fox came back to the woman’s residence with a Bacon Egg Biscuit and a couple of bags of groceries -- including milk, eggs, bread, and an electric can opener. More importantly, Officer Fox had paid for all of these items, without hesitation, from his own money. A supervisor overheard Officer Fox tell an advocate what had happened and when asked why he spent his own money he said, “It’s okay, it was the right thing to do.” After hearing of what Officer Fox had done, a captain arranged for Officer Fox to be reimbursed. Chief Thomas said, “Officer Fox is truly a fine example of a police officer going beyond his normal duty, willing to give away his own money that he probably needed for his own family, but yet willing to sacrifice it for one of Knoxville’s most vulnerable citizens.”

Officers Honored for Arrest of Shooting Suspects Despite Uncooperative Victim Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas today named Officer David Chandler and Officer Ethan Grantham the May Officers of the Month for the Knoxville Police Department. Officer Chandler has been with KPD since November 2015 while Officer Grantham has been with the department since February 2017. On May 12, 2018, at about 2:00 p.m., a shooting occurred with a victim on West Scott Avenue at Reed Street in Western Heights. No victim was found at the scene; however, the victim later arrived at a local hospital suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the head. The victim refused to cooperate with investigators. According to witness statements, a silver car fled the scene and was involved in a hit-and-run after the shooting. Chief Thomas said, “Although the shooting had occurred in a previous shift, all of the information gathered to that point was shared during Officers’ Chandler and Grantham’s roll call.” Immediately the officers began to track down leads and gather additional evidence all while continuing to answer calls for service. Within several hours and after two foot pursuits, Officers Chandler and Grantham had two male suspects in custody. One of the suspects was a juvenile. Both suspects had been in the vehicle with the victim. One of the suspects was the driver of the vehicle that fled the scene after the shooting. Chief Thomas said, “Although the suspects were not cooperating, Officer Chandler and Officer Grantham developed information that led to the recovery of a Dodge pickup that had been stolen from a rental company in which the suspects had been driving.” The officers later located the silver Lexus that had been involved in the earlier shooting and hit & run. Inside the vehicle, they recovered a stolen handgun and multiple shell casings, which led them to believe that the passengers in the car were also shooting a weapon. Chief Thomas said, “Officers Chandler and Grantham were very professional, diligent and productive with this investigation. There is no doubt that by these two officers going the extra mile to investigate this violent shooting, even though the supposed victim refused to cooperate, helped reduce more violent behavior by the parties involved. Several neighbors approached the officers on the scene of the arrests and thanked them for helping to clean up their neighborhood.”

Officer Presented Lifesaving Award for Response to Choking Victim Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas today presented the Lifesaving Award to Knoxville Police Department Officer Derrick White for his response to a person choking on food. Officer White has been with the department since July 2011. On April 25, 2018, Officer White was working in a secondary employment position on E. 5th Avenue when he observed a cameraman with a production company on location, bending over and making gagging noises. The cameraman was unable to speak or communicate with others and could only produce violent choking sounds. As other people in the room were still attempting to comprehend what was happening, Officer White immediately recognized that the victim was choking due to some type of blockage in his throat. At this point, Officer White approached the victim and performed the Heimlich maneuver. After several thrusts, Officer White was able to dislodge a piece of carrot that had lodged in the throat, which allowed normal airway flow to resume. Chief Thomas said, “Officer White’s quick recognition of the cameraman in distress and his immediate response prevented an unfortunate incident from turning into a tragedy."

Animal Control Unit Recognized for Dedication to Animal Welfare and Safety Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief Eve Thomas today awarded a Unit Commendation Award to the Animal Control Unit. The Knoxville Police Department’s Animal Control Unit (ACU) currently staffs seven officers and one supervisor. The Animal Control Unit is responsible for responding to all calls for service involving domestic animals and livestock. They investigate animal cruelty, neglect complaints, and small and large scale hoarding. They also pick up sick and injured wildlife within the city limits. Over the years, Animal Control Officers have responded to unusual calls such as; a loose bobcat, various reptiles to include a boa snake, lizards, turkeys, peacocks, bats, and other wildlife. They have also responded to calls involving livestock to include; horses, cattle, pigs, goats, and chickens. The unit is also responsible for inspecting all area pet shops, issuing permits for exhibitions involving animals, special animal permits, and permits for commercial and non-commercial kennel operations, and ordering and delivering city license tags. The unit also provides educational ride-alongs for U.T. Vet School students. Animal Control Officers training include; National Animal Care and Control Association Training, Animal Cruelty Investigation Training and In-Service. Chief Thomas said, “It is with great honor and appreciation that we recognize the Knoxville Police Department’s Animal Control Officers for their dedication to animal welfare and the safety of our community.”

Knoxville Police Department Awards Ceremony, 10-24-18.

Go Big! Knoxville Over the next few years, the Knoxville Police Department will be teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to reach many of our community’s deserving youth in the new program Go Big! Knoxville. KPD has always been strongly devoted to preventing crime and violence in the community and through this program, we hope to further eliminate the exposure to crime that many youth in Knoxville unfortunately experience. Through our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, we hope to see many of our community’s at-risk youth matched with a volunteer mentor. The mentor/mentee relationships formed through Big Brothers Big Sisters have proven over and over again to help students socially, academically, and behaviorally. These supportive, trusting relationships are absolutely crucial tools to many of our youth as they are discovering more about who they are and who they want to be. Are you interested in becoming involved in the life of an at-risk child in our community? We are looking for volunteer mentors who are willing to spend as little as 30 minutes per week with a student. Help make a BIG impact on Knoxville’s youth by considering becoming a Big through Big Brothers Big Sisters! For additional information on becoming a Big or about signing up a child to become a Little, contact Elizabeth Malone, the Program’s Coordinator, at emalone@knoxvilletn.gov. Let’s Go Big, Knoxville!

KPD Investigates Parkside Drive Crash On October 23, 2018, at approximately 10:22 p.m., officers responded to a single vehicle crash in the 10800 block of Parkside Drive. When officers arrived on the scene they discovered a 2000 Ford Ranger several hundred yards off the roadway in a wooded area. According to the preliminary investigation, it appears the vehicle was exiting Walmart on Parkside Drive when the driver suffered an unknown medical condition. The vehicle rapidly accelerated from a stopped position, crossed a raised median, and four (4) lanes of traffic. The vehicle then jumped the curb and continued several hundred yards into a wooded area coming to a stop close to I-40 on the Turkey Creek Greenway. The driver was transported to Tennova Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The vehicle received only minor damage. Investigators are awaiting results of the autopsy to determine the cause of death. Driver (deceased) Jimmy Stombaugh Sr. Knoxville address 69-years-old

NEW Information: KPD Conducts Death Investigation UPDATE III: Monday, October 22, 2018, at 11:43 a.m.: The investigation into the death that occurred yesterday on I-40 near Cedar Bluff is continuing. Fatal Accident Investigators are inspecting the vehicle for additional evidence that could help determine where the piece of metal came from. The incident was reported to 911 at approximately 10:35 a.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Acura MDX that was hit by the piece of metal occurred near the Walker Springs overpass and exit ramps. If you were traveling in that area and witnessed the vehicle being hit or possibly items falling from or being thrown from a tractor-trailer, please call the KPD Hit and Run Office at 865-215-7370. Information can also be submitted through our Facebook page @KnoxvillePD

KPD Conducts Death Investigation UPDATE II: Monday, October 22, 2018: The victim has been identified as: Mark Elliott 71-years-old St. Louis, Missouri address The investigation is continuing. UPDATE AT 1:15 p.m. October 21, 2018: The preliminary cause of the incident appears to be a metal wind skirt from a tractor-trailer that either broke off of an eastbound tractor-trailer and was thrown into the westbound lanes or the wind skirt had already come off from a truck and was thrown into the westbound lanes after being struck by another vehicle. The wind skirt hit the westbound vehicle in the driver's window causing the death of the driver. Additional information will be released as the investigation continues. ORIGINAL RELEASE: On Sunday, October 21, 2018, at approximately 10:35 a.m., officers and investigators responded to the Cedar Bluff exit ramp from I-40 west after receiving a call that the driver of a vehicle had been struck by an outside object causing his death. According to the very preliminary investigation, the driver and passengers were traveling west on I-40 and was approaching the Cedar Bluff exit when a yet unknown object penetrated the driver's side window and struck the driver. The passengers were able to maneuver the vehicle onto the exit where it rolled to a stop. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene. Multiple officers and investigators are currently on the scene investigating to determine what caused the incident. Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.

Now that we are beginning to see frosty mornings, for your safety and the safety of all motorists, before hitting the road please clear the ice from ALL your windows, not just your windshield.

New KPD K-9 Team Hits The Street Please join us in welcoming a new K-9 Team to the Knoxville Police Department. K-9 Officer Ryan Ayers and his new partner “Jack” are assigned to our East District. Jack is a two year old Belgian Malinois and has undergone extensive and intense training with Officer Ayers before hitting the streets. Jack is trained in suspect apprehension and tracking, as well as narcotics detection. We’re very pleased to have this new K-9 Team working to keep Knoxville safe.

KPD Conducts Death Investigation UPDATE AT 1:15 p.m.: The preliminary cause of the incident appears to be a metal wind skirt from a tractor-trailer that either broke off of an eastbound tractor-trailer and was thrown into the westbound lanes or the wind skirt had already come off from a truck and was thrown into the westbound lanes after being struck by another vehicle. The wind skirt hit the westbound vehicle in the driver's window causing the death of the driver. Additional information will be released as the investigation continues. ORIGINAL RELEASE: On Sunday, October 21, 2018, at approximately 10:35 a.m., officers and investigators responded to the Cedar Bluff exit ramp from I-40 west after receiving a call that the driver of a vehicle had been struck by an outside object causing his death. According to the very preliminary investigation, the driver and passengers were traveling west on I-40 and was approaching the Cedar Bluff exit when a yet unknown object penetrated the driver's side window and struck the driver. The passengers were able to maneuver the vehicle onto the exit were it rolled to a stop. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene. Multiple officers and investigators are currently on the scene investigating to determine what caused the incident. Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.

‪Drones are a lot of fun BUT remember to keep them AWAY from the University of Tennessee Campus and Neyland Stadium on game day. No one wants a fun day of football to turn into being investigated by local and federal authorities. Have fun and leave your drone at home. Go Vols‬!

‪If your plans bring you to Neyland Stadium today for the big game, please remember the “Clear Bag Policy”. This policy helps ensure everyone’s safety inside the stadium. Go Vols!

Help yourself as well as your friends and family to not become a victim of vehicle burglary or theft. Always remember to hide your belongings, lock your car and take your keys.

KPD Investigates Western Avenue Fatal Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Crash On Friday, October 19, 2018, at approximately 8:39 a.m., a Knoxville Police Department officer pulled up on a crash that had just occurred involving a car and a motorcycle on Western Avenue at Sullivan Road. According to the preliminary investigation, the driver of a Kia Forte was attempting to turn west onto Western Avenue from the Cross Creek Apartments when the driver pulled into the path of the eastbound Honda motorcycle. The operator of the motorcycle slammed on his brakes and attempted to avoid hitting the vehicle but could not stop in time. The motorcycle hit the driver’s side of the Kia throwing the motorcyclist onto the car. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. The driver of the Kia was transported to UT Medical Center where a blood sample was drawn which is required by state law when involved in a fatal crash. The driver of the Kia and her 3-year-old child were not injured. The motorcycle operator has been identified as: Skyler Piety (Fatal victim) 25-years-old Knoxville address The driver of the Kia has been identified as: Megan Drain 24-years-old Knoxville address

Sgt. James Lockmiller was honored to represent the Knoxville Police Department today at the annual Touch-A-Truck event at St. Joseph School. Sgt. Lockmiller in his police cruiser along with the Knoxville Fire Department and other city departments provided vehicles for the children to touch while learning about the job associated with each vehicle. Saint Joseph School, Knoxville