At the request of 6th District Attorney General Charme Allen, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday in Knoxville.
Preliminary information indicates that members of the United States Marshals Service – Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force were at a home in the 2700 block of Jersey Avenue attempting to take Alexander Thomas into custody. Thomas was wanted on numerous charges, including murder, out of New York. As officers entered the home, Thomas reportedly pointed a gun at them, resulting in a marshal firing shots. No one was struck by the gunfire. Thomas barricaded himself inside the residence but later surrendered. He was taken into custody by officers with the Knoxville Police Department and booked into the Knox County Jail.
At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing, as TBI Agents continue to gather any and all relevant evidence, interviews, and information. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for her further review and consideration.
The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and, instead, refer questions of that nature to their respective agency to answer as it sees fit.
As a reminder, the TBI acts solely as fact-finders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters. That decision rests solely with the District Attorney General requesting TBI’s involvement.