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.

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