Carjacking suspect involved in fatal crash identified
The suspect fled from officers and crashed in the intersection of Middlebrook and Hoyle Beals Drive.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knoxville Police Department was called to a carjacking just after 5:00 p.m. Thursday at the Dollar General Store located at 7407 Middlebrook Pike in West Knoxville.
Officers said when they arrived the 27-year-old male victim told officers when he left the store and got in to his vehicle, a man opened the door of the vehicle, assaulted him and fled westbound on Middlebrook in the victim’s vehicle. The suspect was later identified by Knox County Sheriff’s Office officials as Roger Denton, 25.
A KPD officer spotted a vehicle matching the description on Middlebrook and attempted a traffic stop, but Denton fled from officers and crashed in the intersection of Middlebrook and Hoyle Beals Drive in West Knox County, according to officials.
Denton was pronounced deceased on the scene and no other injuries were reported in the crash, officials said.
With the crash occurring outside of KPD jurisdiction, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation into the crash, while the carjacking is under investigation by the KPD Violent Crimes Unit.
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