Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
Officer Wounded, Suspect Dead in West Knox Shooting
Twenty-one year old Jordan Camp of 809 View Harbour Road is identified as the suspect who was killed Thursday afternoon after opening fire on Knox County Sheriff’s Officers. One officer was wounded during the shooting. Camp was wanted on three outstanding warrants of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and violation of probation.
He was spotted by an officer at the entrance to a trailer park at 834 Canton Hollow Road around 1 o’clock Thursday. He fled on foot to some woods in back of the park. Officers searched with a K-9 and a helicopter but were unable to locate Camp. A short time later, he was found in a trailer in the park and barricaded himself in the back bedroom. The KCSO Negotiation Team and SWAT Team were dispatched to the scene and SWAT entered the trailer securing the kitchen area while Camp remained barricaded in the bedroom. Camp told negotiators that he had guns and was going to kill himself. Later, he threatened to shoot officers. Around 4 p.m. he pointed a firearm out of the bedroom door and fired at officers. Gunfire was exchanged and Camp was killed.
The injured officer was taken by ambulance to U.T. Medical Center where he underwent surgery. His name is being withheld until all family members have been notified.
The warrants stem from a traffic accident involving Camp on Sunday, June 16 at the intersection of View Harbour and Woody Road. According to the report, the victim, Wesley Gunn, said he exited his vehicle and attempted to talk to the driver regarding the accident. Gunn said he knew the driver as Jordan Camp. He said he tapped on Camp’s window and Camp brandished a large hunting knife thrusting it toward Gunn’s face, and gashed his left hand requiring stitches. Camp fled the scene and officers had been searching for him since then.
Thursday morning, Camp was spotted near Carl Cowan Park but got away before officers could find him. They believed him to be in the general area and that led to officers searching the area around the Canton Hollow where Camp was eventually located.
Camp had several brushes with the law. He had been arrested for assault, public intoxication, resisting arrest, and driving while privilege suspended.