Suspect shot by Knoxville police identified

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Knoxville police fatally shot a 34 year-old man who said he wasn't going back to jail and then raised a gun at them.

Police Chief David Rausch says Ronald McDowell called 911 shortly before midnight Thursday, saying he had outstanding warrants and didn't intend to go back to jail.

An officer spotted McDowell's car a short time later and police say the man showed a gun and drove off. The officer followed the car on I-275 until the suspect suddenly stopped. By that time, there were four officers at the scene.

Rausch says McDowell raised his gun toward the officers and they opened fire. The man was taken to University of Tennessee Hospital, where he died early Friday.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by KT Location: Knoxville on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    May God have mercy on Ronnie and comfort his family, as well as the officers involved who were left with no choice about the outcome.

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