TBI identifies suspect in Knoxville officer-involved shooting

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released the identity of the suspect involved in a Saturday morning officer-involved shooting in Powell.

According to the TBI, the individual involved in this incident has been identified as Skyler Charles Anthony Petrancosta, 28, of Clinton. He remains hospitalized.

The TBI continues to take the lead on the investigation, as those who were nearly caught in the suspect’s crossfire speak out.

“Truck pulled up next to me and you just heard ‘pow’ and my window shattered. He pulled up to the next car and did the same thing, and then left, like peeled out of there real fast. It was just crazy,” said Alan Byrd.

Byrd and his 13-year-old son were in his car, when he says it was pierced by a bullet.

“Opened that car door and the rest of that glass fell out, and the bullet dropped out, and that’s when I realized it was actually a gunshot that hit the car,” he said. “Thankful that everybody was ok. Especially with the time of season coming around to be thankful, so I’m really thankful that nobody got hurt today.”

It is a feeling echoed by Joe Gandy.

“I reached down to pick the remote up and there was a gunfire. There was a little sign on the wall behind my head, it dropped to the ground. I ducked and got on the floor,” Gandy said. “I’m thankful to be alive.”

PREVIOUS UPDATE: Tennessee Bureau of Investigations released its preliminary information this morning after investigating the shooting.

According to the TBI, KCSO received a report of a suspicious person inside a home in the 8000 block of Deer Walk Way just after 9 a.m.

As deputies arrived, they made contact with a suspect who was armed with a gun in the roadway near the residence. Deputies told the man to drop his weapon, but he ignored the commands.

Eventually, the situation escalated and as the TBI reports for reasons still being investigated, one of the deputies fired shots, hitting the suspect.

The suspect was then transported to a local hospital. TBI also reports that no deputies were injured during this incident.

“At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing, as TBI Agents continue to gather any and all relevant evidence, interviews, and information. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for her further review and consideration.”

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