Suspected red light camera shooter charged with pulling shotgun on Knox officers

By: Brian Gregory
By: Brian Gregory

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- A Knox County man, charged with shooting out a red light camera, now faces new charges after police allege he pulled a shotgun on Knox County warrant officers at his home.

Clifford Clark, 47, was arrested on Thursday, April 18th, and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

According to the warrant, officers tried to serve a warrant on Clark at his home on Wildercliff Lane on the 18th, but Clark retreated into the home and would not answer the door.

Officer Nick Carroll says he and Officer Robert Lawson were able to make entry into the home, but as Carroll went up the stairs he says Clark opened a bedroom door and pointed a shotgun at him.

Both officers retreated, but still attempted to get Clark to come out of the room. They say he did so several times, with the shotgun in his hand, asking officers to shoot him, according to the warrant.

He finally surrendered. Officers say they recovered four pistols, two shotguns, two rifles, and six boxes of armor piercing ammunition during a search of the home.

Officers Carroll and Lawson were attempting to serve Clark with a warrant for criminal trespass, stemming from an incident on campus at the University of Tennessee.

According to that warrant, Clark had been notified he was not to be on university property, but twice entered the Dean of Students suite on separate days in April.

On one occasion, he left teddy bears and t-shirts for the staff before he left.

Clark has passed out teddy bears with the message, "Save the Cliff" and candy during court proceedings on previous occasions.

He faces vandalism, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon charges for allegedly shooting out a red light camera at Broadway and I-640 in late November.

He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, and a Knox County Grand Jury is considering the charges.

He is due in court on April 29th to answer to the new charges.

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