Standoff on Rifle Range Road ends peacefully

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- UPDATE: Erik Osborne called 911 Tuesday threatening to kill himself and responding sheriff's deputies. To prove it, he fired at least five shots. "Well I was freaking out. I didn't know what to think. I didn't know what got him upset," said Randall French, Osborne's step-dad. He said the SWAT team called him to say there was trouble at home.

"I just had got off the phone with the sheriff's department. He called me and was upset and told me he was going to kill himself," said French. He thinks Erik was distraught over an argument with his girlfriend. He didn't have to go far looking for tools of death.

"I have guns here, but I never thought he would do anything like that. I had no idea," French said.

Said KCSO spokeswoman Martha Dooley, "he left a .22 rifle and a spear gun in the house," and surrendered. French gave us Erik's state probation ID card. He says his troubled step-son was also linked to a recent Facebook threat targetting Central High School. "Somehow he was involved, or questioned about it. That's all I know."

Osborne was taken by deputies for mental evaluation. Criminal charges could follow.


KNOX Co., Tenn. (WVLT) -- Approximately twenty Knox County Sheriff's Office vehicles and the department's SWAT team surrounded a home Rifle Range Rd. late Tuesday morning.

They say a man called in saying he had a gun and was going to kill himself and anyone who came near. He fired four or five shots but didn't hit anyone. The man surrendered just before noon.

VLT's Mario Boone is covering the story and will update you as more information comes in.

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  • by rene Location: knoxville on Sep 3, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    Randall French is not Erik's step-father. He knew Erik was violent and suicidal, a thief, and a liar. The facts should have been checked before being reported as facts.


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