Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Svante Hinton Commits Suicide
A man who walked out of a courtroom in July after a conviction shot and killed himself Monday afternoon. Svante Hinton, 35, was holed up in a room at the Gateway Inn located at 6300 Asheville Highway. An investigation led officers to the motel. They knocked on the door and announced themselves around 4:30. They heard a gunshot and a woman opened the door screaming. They found Hinton with a single gunshot wound to the head. Rural Metro pronounced him dead at the scene. The woman was questioned and released without charges.
Hinton was convicted of attempted second degree murder on July 22. While the jury deliberated another charge, Hinton fled the courtroom and went into hiding.
KCSO Looking for Missing Teen
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a West Knox County teenager who has been missing since early Sunday morning. He is identified as 17 year old Andy Allen. He left his residence at Westland and Northshore on foot around 1 a.m. and was last spotted in the Northshore, Pellissippi area around 3 a.m., Sunday. Airwatch is assisting in the search.
The teen is a white male, 5’9”, and 165 pounds and attends Oak Ridge High School. Anyone with information is asked to call the KCSO at 215-2243.
Willard Campbell Found Safe
A 77 year old man missing most of Saturday was found in an Oak Ridge subdivision around 3 p.m. Willard Campbell was in a driveway at 20 Raintree Place when the homeowner saw him and called police. He appeared to be OK, but was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
We Need Your Help in Finding Missing Man
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in finding a missing 77 year old man who has dementia. Willard Campbell left his home at 8461 Carr Lane in North Knox County sometime between 1:30 and 4:30 a.m. He is driving a 1990 Ford Bronco with a tan top. The license number is 7770DDC. It’s a Tennessee tag from Knox County. Campbell also has his Yorkshire Terrier named Toby with him. Toby is white and tan.
Officers know he is on the move and has been in Clinton and parts of Anderson County. KCSO’s helicopter is looking for him. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, and the Oak Ridge Police Department are also assisting.
If you spot Mr. Campbell, we are asking that you call 911 immediately with a location and stay on the line with 911 until law enforcement arrives.