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Violation of Use-of-force Policy Results in Disciplinary Action

Friday, 23 January 2015

The Office of Professional Standards of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has completed an investigation into acts of officer-involved violations of KCSO’s use-of-force policy at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.   One officer has been terminated, one officer has resigned, and two others disciplined. The incident occurred November 28, 2014 against an inmate, Louis Flack, 52, of Knoxville, who was charged with aggravated assault.

The investigation concluded that Corrections Officer Nick Breeden, 36, used techniques that violated policy and the use- of-force options taught by the KCSO.  It was recommended that his employment be terminated, and he was relieved of duties on January 23, 2015.  He had been with KCSO since 2011.

Officer Jesse Rudd, 27, resigned during the course of the investigation and had been with KCSO since January 2012.

The investigation revealed that Corrections Officer Chris Fustos, 29, committed violations that were not within the agency’s use-of-force guidelines.  He received disciplinary action of administrative leave without pay for two days.   He has been with KCSO for three years.

According to the investigation, Corporal David Sparkes, 47, the supervisor on duty, did not appropriately react to these violations.  He received disciplinary action of administrative leave without pay for five days.  He has been with KCSO since 2010.

The video below, taken from a jail security camera, shows the incident:

Louis Flack
Nick Breeden Jesse Rudd Chris Fustos Corporal David Sparkes



Man Armed with Knife Robs East Knox Store

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who robbed a convenience store Tuesday morning in East Knox County.  The white male was armed with a knife and demanded money from the clerk at the Texas Valley Mini Mart at 8920 Maynardville Highway shortly after 8 a.m.  The suspect is described as 5’7-5’8, 160-180 lbs., and around 30 years old.   He was wearing a tan jacket, dark ski mask and jeans.

He fled the store on foot, south toward Texas Valley Road.   The man is also a suspect in multiple armed robberies in the city.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 215-2243.







Lee's Food Mart Armed Robbery Suspect in Custody

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The suspect wanted for robbing Lee’s Food Mart Friday morning is in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility under a $45,000 bond.    Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office  Major Crimes Unit found William Keith Gladney at September Lane off Rutledge Pike early Tuesday morning and took him into custody without incident.

Gladney is charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping.  He is accused of insinuating that he had a firearm to the clerk and escorted her to the cash register area and demanded cash.  No one was injured.



Engine Bell Returned

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Back in July 2013, a 350 pound was stolen from a train off John Sevier Highway.  The Knox County Sheriff’s Office found it a few months later in connection with another criminal case.  Today, the bell was returned to Engine 154.  Pete Claussen and his son, Doc, were so grateful to have the bell returned that they made a special presentation to Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones Tuesday morning at their company on Asbury Road.

Charged with the theft was 54 year old Gary Steven Valentine.  The bell was among stolen goods found in his garage on Kimberlin Heights Road.



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