Crimetracker: Shotgun blast helps thwart E. Knoxville home invasion

By: Sharee Gilbert Email
By: Sharee Gilbert Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A shotgun blast through the front door may have helped an East Knoxville woman defend her home from would-be intruders. The 51 year-old woman, who was not identified, told police two men were trying to force their way into her home when she fired one round into her front door.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, officers had responded to reports of gunfire at the house, at 1940 Linden Ave. The woman told them she was outside with some other family members when two men walked up.

Everyone quickly went inside, she continued, and the two men came up to the door, asking to use her phone. When she said she didn't have a phone that's when the two men began trying to force their way in.

The woman said that's when she went and got her shotgun and fired one round into the front door. Police don't think anyone is hit.

They are still looking for the would-be intruders. One suspect was described as a white man wearing black shorts and a black shirt; while the other suspect was reportedly a black man wearing a white shirt with white, black, and blue basketball style shorts. He had dreadlocks. Both of them appeared to be in their early 20's.

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