No charges against trucker who shot would-be thief in W. Knox County
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County District Attorney's Office says no charges should be filed against the man who shot and killed an apparent would-be thief trying to break into a parked tractor trailer rig on Lexington Drive off Lovell Road in West Knox County on March 11, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
A KCSO release states that, based on the DA's recommendation, the sheriff's office will not charge Richard Vance Allen, 68, or North Carolina with shooting and killing James Edward Hodges, Jr., 34, of Loudon.
Allen told officers that Hodges tried to break into his truck multiple times over a 45 minute period.
According to the police report, Allen says Hodges knocked on the trucks door, and later came back and broke the window by throwing a large rock through the glass. Allen shot Hodges in the chest as he tried to climb into the truck through the broken window.
Hodges was shot hit in the chest and died at the scene.
Hodges carried the gun used in the shooting for protection, and, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, did not have a permit to carry the weapon.
However, the paper reports that no charges are expected to be filed against the trucker for carrying the weapon.
Deputies say a woman related to Hodges drove him to the scene. She told deputies that he was planning on breaking into the rig.