Police cadet's ex-girlfriend talks about shooting

By: Hilary Magacs Email
By: Hilary Magacs Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Ashely Womack and her brother. Joshua, said everyone is doing okay and said Ashley and her mom, Rhonda, are expected to make a full recovery.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Friday at the Womack's home on Inskip Road as Toby Rhiens skateboarded by:

"I was like skating down the road and the next thing I know, I heard was like five gunshots. And then like 5 seconds later, I heard three more gunshots," said Rhiens.

Ashley Womack said she was sitting on her back porch with her family and longtime friend Travis Wegener. That's when her ex-boyfriend, Michael Little, showed up and wanted to talk. She told him no, and said Little went around to the front of the house. She said Wegener also went to the front to check on his car. Police said that's when LIttle shot and killed Wegener and shot shot Ashely's mom in the chest. He then returned to the backyard where he shot Ashely in the leg. Officers said Ashley's brother grabbed his gun, shooting and killing Little to protect his family.

"I think the most shocking part is that it's literally so close to home, and we've not ever been around anything like that," said Heidi Stutz, who lives near Inskip Road.

Ashley said she dated Little for about two years and said they recently split. She said Little was a police cadet whose goal in life was to become a lieutenant. Ashley said she never expected anything like this to happen.

"We are praying for them and we had prayer for them where we go to church yesterday," said Rayda Whittaker, who lives near Inskip Road.

The Womacks said right now, they need prayers more than anything. They said church is a big part of their lives and said they met Wegener three years ago at Sharon Baptist Church in Powell.

The associate pastor at Sharon Baptist Church says Wegener was a beloved church member who was involved in the college and young adult ministries. He says Wegener also volunteered with the children's ministry, and loved to help out in the kitchen.

Ashley and Joshua Womack said their mom is making a quick recovery and was expected to be transferred out of ICU and into a standard hospital room sometime on Monday.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said although Little was a cadet with the department, he used his own gun on Friday. Rausch said cadets aren't issued firearms.

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