Man suspected in Hooters shooting wanted in Sevier Co.

By: Brian Gregory, Asst. News Director; Rob Pratt, Courthouse Reporter Email
By: Brian Gregory, Asst. News Director; Rob Pratt, Courthouse Reporter Email

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) The man suspected of killing one person and injuring another while firing a gun into the West Knoxville Hooters has an extensive criminal background and was being sought by police at the time of the crime.

David Michael Rudd, 25, of Sevierville was wanted by the Sevier County Sheriff's Office on two bench warrants, and a violation of probation.

And, Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals says his deputies were called to the home Rudd had been living in with his parents just two days before the Hooters shooting for a report of a domestic assault.

Seals says there were reports that Rudd had barricaded himself inside the home, but he was gone when they arrived.

Seals says Rudd's father did not file charges against his son.

Volunteer TV News has uncovered a criminal background dating back to March of 2000, just over two months after David M. Rudd, 25, turned 18 years old.

Rudd was arrested, charged, and pleaded guilty to 12 charges from March of 2000 through November of 2003, according to the Sevier County General Sessions court clerk.

The charges and dates follow:

Charge-----------------------Offense----Guilty Plea
Theft------------------------- 3/22/00----- 5/26/00
Forgery--------------------- 10/20/00---- 12/1/00
Poss. of Marijuana--------- 2/10/01----- 2/28/01
Poss. of Marijuana--------- 2/28/01----- 2/28/01
Viol. of Probation----------- 4/9/01------ 5/25/01
Theft------------------------- 4/14/01----- 5/25/01
Theft------------------------- 6/13/01---- 10/19/01
DUI-------------------------- 10/14/01---- 12/11/01
Viol. of Probation---------- 11/5/01----- 12/11/01
Poss. of Cont. Sub.------- 11/7/01----- 12/11/01
Domestic Assault--------- 11/7/01----- 12/11/01
Viol. of Probation---------- 11/26/03---- 3/8/05
Theft of Property---------- 11/29/03----- ---
Leaving the Scene-------- 11/29/03----- ---
Evading Arrest------------- 11/29/03---- ---
Burglary of a MV----------- 12/6/04----- ---

According to the Sevier County Criminal Court Clerk's office, Rudd had bench warrants out for his arrest in two criminal court cases at the time of his death.

Rudd was charged with Theft of Property, Leaving the Scene, and Evading Arrest in connection with a crime on November 29th of 2003. He was do to show in court on June 6th of 2005, but he did not show up and a bench warrant was issued.

Rudd was also due in court on October 4th of 2005 to answer to a Burglary from a Motor Vehicle charge, but once again court records show he did not show up and another bench warrant was issued.

In December of 2005, Rudd was sentenced to one year in jail for a burglary charge from April of 2005. Two other charges were dismissed with his guilty plea.

Rudd was shot and killed Sunday night behind Green Hills Grill off Kingston Pike.

KPD Investigators say he is a supect in the shooting at the Hooters on Kingston Pike, but they are awaiting final forensic evidence from one of two guns police say he had in his possession after he was shot and killed by police officers.

Stay connected to Volunteer TV News and volunteertv.com for continued coverage of this developing news story.


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  • by unknown Location: knoxville on Jan 2, 2008 at 05:10 PM
    Too bad something like this has to happen to try to get a law started like the kendra law in NY where parents of adult children cam be more responsible for their children even though they are grown I really feel bad for Mr Shermans family what started out to be a fun trip in a tragic death may God be with them
  • by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    i like hooters
  • by Vickie Location: Knoxville on Jan 1, 2008 at 11:39 PM
    Wow! This is a great web site very detailed coverage VolunteerTV helped me to catch up since missing when occurred. Great job to the KPD and the young officers who put themselves in harms way.
  • by gary Location: knoxville on Dec 31, 2007 at 02:31 PM
    with a rap sheet like that why was this thug not in prison
  • by John on Dec 31, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    Good job dealing with an armed nut again KPD whether he's the Hooter freak or not. Lets hear it from the people who know was this the guy? Prayers out to all the victims and the KPD officers involved in the shooting of this suspect. It's never easy no matter what kind of person it is.
  • by Sad Mom Location: Seymour on Dec 31, 2007 at 11:53 AM
    With a criminal background like this one makes me wonder how much time he even served. Seems to me the judicial system should have been able to see this man had major issues and maybe we should be building bigger prisons for habitual offenders and keep them locked up for very long times rather than slap them on the hand or dismiss other charges because they plead quilty. Quilty is quilty, crazy is crazy and now we have a situation to prove it! My prayers are with these families.

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