KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The naked man who was shot after he allegedly entered a home illegally in West Knoxville has been identified by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a report from the sheriff’s office, authorities responded to a home on the 7800 block of Westland Drive around 9 p.m. on Tuesday for an aggravated burglary report.
The report stated the resident was walking back from his workshop into the home through the back door when he noticed the front door was open and an unknown person had ransacked his living room.
Authorities said the resident then found a naked man, later identified as 27-year-old Drake Combs, in his kitchen.
Combs allegedly motioned for the resident to leave before continuing to vandalize the home, throwing items, and continuing to be aggressive toward the resident. According to officials, the resident then called for his wife to get out and they both fled to the neighbor’s house.
While one of the residents called 911, the neighbor got his 9 mm handgun and went into the front yard, where he found Combs in the residents’ driveway, according to the report.
Authorities said Combs went outside, got on top of the resident’s car, and broke off the back windshield. Combs then approached the neighbor, windshield wiper in hand, as the neighbor commanded him to stop and get on the ground.
Combs reportedly continued to follow the neighbor into his yard as the neighbor retreated, still calling for Combs to stop following him and get on the ground.
Officials said the neighbor fired a warning shot into the ground, hoping Combs would stop. However, Combs continued toward the neighbor, aggressively swinging the windshield wiper, which caused the neighbor to shoot him one time.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, Kimberly Glenn, said on Tuesday that Combs was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment after he was shot once in the chest. According to Friday update from officials, he is in critical condition.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation.
EDITORS NOTE: This story has been updated with new information.