Naked man shot after ransacking Knox Co. home, sheriff says

The man was transported to UT Medical Center for a gunshot wound, Knox County Sheriff’s Office officials said.
The man has been transported to UT Medical Center for a gunshot wound, Knox County Sheriff’s Office officials said.
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 10:51 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 18, 2022 at 1:52 PM EST
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KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knox County Sheriff’s Office officials are investigating a shooting that occurred after a naked man had destroyed a home’s interior.

At around 9:00 p.m. on Dec. 6, KCSO deputies, along with Knoxville Police Department officers, responded to a home at 7807 Westland Drive in reference to a shooting after an aggravated burglary, according to a KCSO report.

One of the victims, David Owens, told police that he was walking back to his house from his workshop in the backyard. He noticed the door was open, and an unknown person had allegedly “ransacked” his living room.

Owens found a naked man, later identified as Drake Combs, in his kitchen. Owens told police that Combs motioned for him to leave before continuing to vandalize the home.

Owens told his wife to get out of the house, and both victims left “in fear of being harmed,” the report said.

They ran next door to get help from a neighbor, Daniel Connolly. Connolly found his 9 mm handgun while the Owens called 911.

The report stated that Connolly went into the front yard where he found Combs in the driveway. Combs reportedly went outside, got on top of the Owens’ car and broke off the back windshield wiper.

Combs allegedly walked towards Connolly with the windshield wiper in hand while Connolly was telling him to stop and get down on the ground.

Combs walked toward Connolly “in an aggressive manner,” the report stated.

Connolly “retreated” to his yard while still telling Combs to stop following him, but when Combs didn’t listen, he allegedly fired a warning shot into the ground, hoping that would make him stop.

The report said that when Combs continued walking towards Connolly and swinging the windshield wiper, Connolly shot him.

He was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for one gunshot wound to the chest.

On Dec. 6, KCSO officials said he is in critical condition. On Sunday, WVLT News followed up with KCSO officials to inquire about Combs’ conditions but did not immediately hear back.

An investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story.