Recent incident in Knoxville.
this is an interesting story printed in mondays 12/17/07 Knoxville news Sentinel paper.
at the end is the source reporter.
Break-in motive unclear:
The man picked their house, and they don't know why.
At noon Saturday, Sherry Sakhleh shopped at Walgreens in Powell for a family party that night. Then she got the phone call: Her son, scared, at home alone. A strange man on the front porch of their home at 103 Copeland Road.
Then, the sound of a door broken open. Then, noise from the man inside the home.
She called her father who lives nearby, and then she got home as fast as she could.
Two patrol cars sat in the driveway when she arrived. She could see her mother's car, and her father's car as well. And the man who had come to their house was shot and would later be pronounced dead.
He was a stranger to her family.
"We didn't know him," said Sakhleh of 42-year-old Tilvis Coffey.
Her son, 13-year-old Matthew Sakhleh, was on the computer in her bedroom when he saw Coffey walking along the narrow front porch of their Powell home.
He knew not to answer the door for strangers, and he had a bad feeling about this man, his mother said on Sunday.
The man knocked on the front door a couple of times. Matthew was scared, called his mother and hid in a closet in the bathroom. He was at home alone.
That's when Coffey kicked in the front door, Sherry Sakhleh said.
Her son told her over the phone, "I can hear him in the house."
The boy's grandfather, Harry Smith, arrived to find a front door kicked in and no idea whether anyone was inside or not, according to Sherry Sakhleh.
Smith, a retired auto mechanics teacher at Bearden High School, brought a revolver, for which he has a permit. He lives less than a mile away.
Sherry Sakhleh said he was calling for Matthew and was shocked to discover Coffey still in the house.
Sakhleh's mother arrived next. She was in the driveway when Coffey hopped the front porch railing and headed in her direction, Sherry Sakhleh said Sunday.
When Harry Smith saw Coffey running toward his wife, he faced several unknowns. Smith didn't know who this man was, according to his daughter. He didn't know his grandson was hidden in the house.
He raised his handgun and ordered the man to stop or he'd shoot, the family told authorities. How far away her father was from the burglar when he shot, his daughter doesn't know.
Martha Dooley, spokeswoman for the Knox County Sheriff's Office, didn't know, either, as of Sunday afternoon.
Harry Smith pulled the trigger and Tilvis Coffey dropped, shot once in the head, according to deputies. Smith was unavailable for interviews on Sunday.
"He's shaken up," said Sherry Sakhleh. "He had to make one of the hardest decisions of his life. He was just trying to protect his family."
The KCSO continues to investigate the incident. No charges have been filed against Smith.
Coffey, a Knoxville resident, has an "extensive" criminal history, including arrests for theft, aggravated burglary and probation violation, according to Dooley. He didn't have a weapon at the time he was shot, she said.
Though the man is gone, the family's peace and security have been shaken badly. Sherry Sakhleh and husband Esa live on a corner lot of East Copeland Drive and have three children, ages 3 to 16.
They're still "jumpy," she said. Cars coming and going in the driveway much of Sunday didn't help. They're going to get a dog and a security system.
When asked if they would stay, she couldn't give a definitive answer.
"We're not sure yet," she said. "(Saturday) night, we stayed in a hotel."
Darren Dunlap may be reached at 865-342-6334.