Police Say Knox County Man Shot Co-Worker Trying To Steal His Truck

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Charges are pending against a Knox County man investigators say shot a co-worker that was trying to steal his truck.

It happened at 12801 Lovelace Road in West Knox County around 3:00 PM on Saturday when according to the sheriff's department, Howard Lee Pesterfield broke into a pickup truck belonging to Charles Cooper.

After starting it with a screw-driver, investigators say Cooper walked up to the passenger window and fired a shotgun blast into Pesterfield’s chest.

Hesterfield was listed in stable condition Monday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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  • by Dave Location: Harrogate, Tn on Nov 27, 2007 at 08:48 AM
    Good job man. If more of this type of justice was doled out, maybe the thief would think twice before trying to steal other peoples property.
  • by TnHiker Location: Maryville on Nov 27, 2007 at 05:43 AM
    Maybe you overzealous protectors of property would draw the line somewhere between a truck and a pack of candy? How'd you like to have your kid shot for shoplifting? Maybe we can instruct police to shoot kids caught painting graffiti on abandonded buildings? Breaking into an occupied house might justify use of deadly force but attempting to steal a vehicle does not. Probably this shooter will not be prosecuted but his arrest was exactly what was required. Did it ever occur to him to challenge the thief before pulling the trigger? I can assure you zealots that if the thief turned shooting victim in this case was your son/brother/husband that you'd have a completely different point of view.
  • by Robert Location: Corryton on Nov 25, 2007 at 11:41 PM
    We all know the justice system is set up to protect the criminal. I hope the would-be thief dies. Scum.
  • by Just me Location: Knox on Nov 25, 2007 at 06:27 PM
    Yep... It wouldn't have been just one shot. I would have put one in his head to make sure! The laws are so messed up. You steal from me on my property, you take the chance of being killed. Texas has the best laws for this stuff.
  • by Chad Location: Knoxville on Nov 25, 2007 at 02:32 PM
    If the guy was on his property stealing his truck, I don't see why they would file charges.
  • by Brandon Location: Knoxville on Nov 25, 2007 at 08:42 AM
    Although we do not know the full story, it sounds so typical. Law Enforcement charging a man for protecting his property, and maybe his life. Go figure. Way to go K.C.S.O.!
  • by HAROLD HEFNER SR. Location: KODAK on Nov 25, 2007 at 08:41 AM


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