NEW DETAILS: Hooters shooting suspect shot and killed by officers

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Knoxville (WVLT) – Knoxville police cornered and shot the man they believe is responsible for a shooting at the Hooters restaurant in West Knoxville early Saturday morning.

It happened just after 10:20 PM Sunday.

Officers were out searching along the Norfolk-Southern rail road tracks near Kingston Pike and Sutherland Avenue when one of the officers spotted a man matching the Hooters suspect’s description.

KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk, a foot chase ensued, starting at the First Tennessee Bank and ended behind the Green Hills Grill in Western Plaza where police shot the suspect.

Paramedics transported him to UT Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Captain Gary Holliday tells Volunteer TV News that the investigation is still open.

2 fingerprints were found at the Hooters restaurant, and officials were able to match them to Rudd.

Two officers shot at Rudd.

They are, Eric Razote, who has been with the police department for one year, and Colin McLeod, who has been with the department for four.

They were both placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard in situations like this.

Captain Holliday says both men fired shots, but he doesn't know how many.

Rudd was struck two times.

A preliminary autopsy is not yet done.

Officials say the cruisers video may have captured the whole incident.

Meanwhile the investigation into the Hooters shooting is still underway as well.

Late Sunday night, police were trying to determine if the suspect they shot was responsible for the early Saturday morning shooting of two people at the popular West Knoxville eatery.

Restaurant manager Kris Key, 24 remained hospitalized in serious condition, but his situation had improved.

The second victim, Stacey Sherman, 35, died of his wounds on Saturday afternoon.

Sherman had been in town visiting from Applegate, Michigan and reportedly leaves behind a wife and eight children.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    yummm hooters. so sad
  • by Vickie Location: West Knoxville on Jan 1, 2008 at 11:32 PM
    Good Complete coverage.
  • by JR Location: Knoxville on Dec 31, 2007 at 09:18 AM
    Good riddance. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Good job Knoxville PD!


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