Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Sheriff Jones Promotes Eric Kern
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates Sgt. Eric Kern on his recent promotion. He was promoted from officer to sergeant this week. Sgt. Kern has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since March 1997.
KCSO Arrests Robbery Suspect Following Pursuit
A Knoxville man was arrested today following a pursuit that ended in a crash in Jefferson County. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office was searching for 35–year-old Barry Lee Warwick after he robbed the Pilot, located at 6804 Clinton Highway just before 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning. KCSO issued a BOLO for Warwick, whose description matched that of a suspect involved in two armed robberies from today that the Knoxville Police Department began investigating. KPD spotted Warwick in the vehicle around 11:00 a.m. and pursued him, but terminated the chase. KCSO’s Narcotics Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and Major Crimes Unit caught up with him on I-40 at James White Parkway heading eastbound and initiated a pursuit. Warwick hit three KCSO vehicles during the pursuit, and crashed his vehicle at mile marker 410 in Jefferson County. The vehicle ran off the road and rolled, and he was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to UT Medical Center with what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured.
Warwick is charged with robbery and more charges are pending. He has a very lengthy criminal history in Knox County that includes aggravated robbery, robbery, simple possession/casual exchange, implied consent, DUI, various traffic offenses, theft by shoplifting, theft, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespass, and domestic assault.
Missing North Knox County Man Found Safe
KCSO Detectives Searching for Missing Man