Two arrested after firing shots at Knox Co. Sheriff’s deputies during 4-county chase

Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 5:24 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2021 at 10:41 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Sherriff’s Office said two people are in custody after reportedly firing shots early Wednesday morning at an officer.

According to a release, officials said an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Ford Explorer on Kingston Pike at 2:27 am. KCSO said the vehicle failed to stop for the officer and almost immediately shots were fired at the officer.

Officers began to chase the vehicle, KCSO said. The pursuit continued through Knox County, Sevier, Jefferson and Hamblen Counties.

Danny Kevin Chavis, 55, and Paige Nicole Nicholson, 38, were taken into custody at 3:04 am, according to KCSO.

Chavis is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of meth, parole violation and employing a firearm during a felony. He is being held on a bond of $1,050,000.

Nicholson was charged with two counts of facilitation of attempted first-degree murder and possession of schedule II drugs. She is being held on a $1 million bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

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