Police Identify Slain Suspect; Was Armed When Shot

By: Kim Bedford
By: Kim Bedford
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Maryville, Blount County (WVLT) - The Nightwatch was first to tell you about a police shooting in Maryville Thursday night.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford has new information about the teenager killed, the officers involved, and the confrontation that prompted them to open fire.

Around nine o'clock Thursday night, an unexpected customer walks into the CVS on Foothills Mall Drive.

"He had approached the manager of the store, told the manager that he wanted all the Oxycontin and hydrocodone that they had," Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said.

Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp says 18-year-old Daniel Pfeffer was wearing a ball cap with a blue bandanna covering his face.

"The suspect was armed with several knives and a hatchet, and he had displayed the knife in a threatening manner to the store manager and other employees," Crisp said.

The manager walked Pfeffer back to the pharmacy, while another clerk called 911, pretending she was ordering the prescription drugs.

"Less than a minute, we had the first officer on the scene," Crisp said.

That was Maryville police officer Ronnie Pryor and about 45 seconds later, officer D.J. Porter arrived.

"Immediately when he arrived, there were some witnesses who were customers in the store, very frantically began to motion and point toward the back of the store," Crisp said.

Chief Crisp says when the officers spotted Pfeffer, he darted for the front exit.

"They ordered him to halt. He refused. He started running. He ran toward the front of the store," Crisp said.

But for some reason, the teenager decided to stop.

"He made about two steps out the door, just turns around, does a 360 and comes back in the store and is pulling a knife out of his nylon bag," Crisp said.

That's when Crisp says officer Pryor fired two rounds at Pfeffer and officer Porter fired another.

"They were acting in accordance with policies and procedures of the Maryville Police Department based on the training," Crisp said.

Officer Pryor has been with Maryville Police for more than 18 years. Officer Porter, for a little more than a year.

Both men are on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete. Preliminary autopsy results should be available Saturday.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Seymour, TN on Nov 11, 2011 at 12:37 AM
    GO MPD!!The Pfeffer family should all be watched because they have been dispensing drugs in Maryville, Knoxville, Alcoa, and Seymour. Have reported several times to the police but they have not done anything about it.
  • by Katie Location: Knoxville on Jun 5, 2007 at 05:12 PM
    I have been going to school with danny Pheffer since the second grade. i highly disagree with the froce that was used.Danny is an 18 yr. old boy with a knife. The officers have not only guns but tasers if i'm not mistaken. If using a gun was the only option at the time there is no reason for it being fatal. Danny is not a large person. Fatal bullets were not the only way out of this sitiuation.
  • by Julie on Jun 5, 2007 at 12:20 PM
    This boy was small and could have easily been subdued. My question to the officers would be, if tazers aren't offered at your precinct, is Mace?? You have guns, he has a knife. Protocol and Morality can be two different things! I am in no way condoning what he did, it just didn't seem justified to kill him. What about shooting him in the leg, if guns are the only way you are able to subdue a suspect?
  • by Brotherinblue Location: Knoxville on Jun 4, 2007 at 09:29 PM
    This guy didn’t get shot for committing an armed robbery. He got shot for charging at the police with a knife and hatchet! The cops didn’t choose Pfeffer’s destiny, he did. If someone attacked you with a deadly weapon would you defend your life with anything less? To do so is foolish. These cops did the right thing. They should be getting a medal for what they did instead of getting second-guessed.
  • by Carolyn Location: Maryville on Jun 2, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    I don't want to second guess these officers but I would to know if it was possible to have used the taser instead? I appreciate them stopping the robbery but I sure wish the boy could've been saved....was no one aware that he had a problem? It's just sooo sad...
  • by FAIRLADYZ Location: MARYVILLE on Jun 2, 2007 at 01:44 AM
    GO MPD!!
  • by Donna Location: Friendsville on Jun 1, 2007 at 09:29 PM
    Thank you Maryville Police Department. If this guy got away who knows what he would have done next...Walgreens is just across the street from there and Blount Discount Drugs isn't far...
  • by Cenah Location: Maryville, TN on Jun 1, 2007 at 09:07 AM
    I use this CVS frequently. I'd like more details, but if this guy was robbing the store, then I say "Good Job, Mr./Miss Policeman!"


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