December 20, 2004 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen today named seven officers as the Officers
of the Month for November. The officers are being honored for their
response to a home invasion in East Knoxville and include Officer Robert
Taylor, Officer Nelson Hamilton, Officer Jeremy Maupin, Officer Ryan
Acuff, Officer John Williams, Officer Aaron Bowman, and Officer Rodney
Owen said that on November 3, 2004 at approximately 5:57 p.m., Officers
Taylor, Hamilton, and Townsend were dispatched to 1300 Chilhowee Drive
to investigate the report of a home invasion in progress. A victim who,
was still inside the residence, was reporting the incident to the E-911
Due to that information, the officers responded silently to the scene.
Officer Townsend took a position that allowed him to secure the front
of the residence. Officers Taylor and Hamilton took up position at the
back of the home where they located the caller. They immediately assisted
the victim from the residence through a bedroom window.
Once the victim was safe, Officers Taylor and Hamilton repositioned
themselves in order to look into the residence for the additional
victims and the suspect. The officers were able to inform responding
officers to the activities going on inside the residence.
Officers Taylor and Hamilton continued to watch the juvenile suspect
order the victims around the kitchen while waiving a handgun back
and forth. When the suspect began pouring liquor around the table
and chairs of the victims, Officer Maupin briefed officers Acuff,
Williams, and Bowman on how and when they would force entry into the
When the suspect attempted to ignite the alcohol, the officers entered
the residence and engaged the suspect. Officer Maupin knocked the
weapon from the suspect's hand while the other officers secured the
suspect and extinguished the fire.
Chief Owen said, "These officers gained entry and charged the
suspect placing themselves between the armed suspect and the victims.
They handled the situation with outstanding professionalism and courage."
Mayor Haslam said, "These officers are commended for their teamwork
in taking decisive action at the time they did. Their actions resulted
in the rescue of the victims and the arrest of the suspect."
The officers will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief along with a free dinner from Bayou Bay Seafood House.