Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
April 2016 Detective of the Month
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates April’s Detective of the Month, James Hurst.
Detective Hurst responded to a Farragut High School bomb threat in March. Threats to schools in Knox County became an epidemic over the next few months and he was assigned to numerous cases. He identified all parties responsible for the threats he was assigned and his investigations resulted in full confessions.
Detective Hurst has been with the KCSO since January 2003.
Defendant Charged after Threatening to Kill Judge
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office brought charges against an inmate who threatened Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steven Sword Friday afternoon. The judge had just sentenced DeShawn Whited, 19, to six years in the state penitentiary for two counts of domestic violence, and as Whited was being led from the courtroom, he began cursing Judge Sword and threatened to kill him. The judge asked that the defendant be brought back before the court and asked Whited what he had said. Whited said an expletive and advanced toward Judge Sword, but Court Officer Dennis Bowman restrained Whited before he reached the judge. Whited has been charged with the criminal offense of retaliation for past action and assault.
March 2016 Detective of the Month
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates March’s Detective of the Month, Krystal Gibson.
In February, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a carjacking and two attempted carjackings. Detective Krystal Gibson linked additional adjoining law enforcement agencies to the case and found that the carjacking suspects had aggravated assault (against police) charges against them in Union County. After she gathered further information (along with the Lenoir City Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol) regarding the sequence of events and released it, Detective Gibson received notice from Saint Johns Sheriff’s Office in Florida that the suspects had been involved in a hit and run crash and were taken into custody following a high-speed pursuit stemming from an additional attempted carjacking.
Both suspects were charged in Tennessee and Florida with charges including carjacking, reckless endangerment, evading, and theft.
Detective Gibson has been with the KCSO since February 2002.
April 2016 Officers of the Month
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates April’s Co-officers of the Month, Taryn Bryant and Preston Davis.
On April 13th, Officers Bryant and Davis responded to a disturbance between neighbors in West Knox County. When they arrived, the complainant told them that his neighbor across the street has been yelling at him and leaving vulgar notes on their vehicle. When Officers Bryant and Davis went to speak with the suspect across the street, the suspect’s mother met them at the door. After a brief conversation, both officers heard someone else in obvious distress, screaming inside the residence and saying he was sorry. The officers found the suspect in a back bedroom holding a rifle with the muzzle in his mouth. The suspect saw the officers and pulled the trigger twice, but the gun did not fire. Both officers wrestled the rifle away and restrained him. The rifle was loaded with one round in the chamber.
Officers Bryant and Davis saved the man’s life by courageously depriving him of further attempts on his life.
Officer Bryant has been with the KCSO since November 1997, and Officer Davis has been with the KCSO since April 2010.
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