Gym shooting in Knoxville


Fallguy

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Gym shooter won't be charged; police say victim started fight

By Don Jacobs
Originally published 10:15 a.m., November 29, 2007
Updated 10:15 a.m., November 29, 2007


Authorities this morning said a man who fired a pistol into his assailant's stomach at an Northeast Knoxville fitness center does not face a criminal charge, but the wounded man might.

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said no charges are expected against Kristopher Kitts, 29, who shot Erik Knight, also 29, once in the stomach with a .22-calber pistol.

Knight was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with the non-life threatening wound, DeBusk said. Knight was listed this morning in critical condition.

DeBusk said Knight attacked Kitts about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Rush Fitness Complex, 3001 Knoxville Center. Knight knocked Kitts down and was choking Kitts, DeBusk said, when Kitts reached into his pocket and pulled out a pistol.

DeBusk said Kitts has a carry permit for the weapon.

While DeBusk said prosecutors in the Knox County district attorney's office deemed no charges would be filed against Kitts, the spokesman said Knight may face a criminal offense because of the incident.

DeBusk declined to discuss what prompted the attack at the gym.

More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.
 

Puppy

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Gym shooter won't be charged; police say victim started fight

By Don Jacobs
Originally published 10:15 a.m., November 29, 2007
Updated 10:15 a.m., November 29, 2007


Authorities this morning said a man who fired a pistol into his assailant's stomach at an Northeast Knoxville fitness center does not face a criminal charge, but the wounded man might.

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said no charges are expected against Kristopher Kitts, 29, who shot Erik Knight, also 29, once in the stomach with a .22-calber pistol.

Knight was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with the non-life threatening wound, DeBusk said. Knight was listed this morning in critical condition.

DeBusk said Knight attacked Kitts about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Rush Fitness Complex, 3001 Knoxville Center. Knight knocked Kitts down and was choking Kitts, DeBusk said, when Kitts reached into his pocket and pulled out a pistol.

DeBusk said Kitts has a carry permit for the weapon.

While DeBusk said prosecutors in the Knox County district attorney's office deemed no charges would be filed against Kitts, the spokesman said Knight may face a criminal offense because of the incident.

DeBusk declined to discuss what prompted the attack at the gym.

More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.

Another win for the good guys.
 

Big Bubba

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I hope that Mr. Kitts does not have any civil suits filled against him, to try and sue him. For monetary gain.
 

Fallguy

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By law Mr. Kitts is immune from liability since it was self-defense.

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39-11-622. Justification for use of force — Exceptions — Immunity from civil liability
(a) (1) A person who uses force as permitted in §§ 39-11-611 — 39-11-614 or § 29-34-201, is justified in using such force and is immune from civil liability for the use of such force,

In fact if he did try to sue him he would have to pay Mr. Kitts legal expenses among other things...

(b) The court shall award reasonable attorney's fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by a person in defense of any civil action brought against the person based upon the person's use of force, if the court finds that the defendant was justified in using such force pursuant to §§ 39-11-611 — 39-11-614 or § 29-34-201

So any "good" attorney shouldn't touch it.
 

Red Hat

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Good guy wins again and the Castle Doctrine works as it should. Couldn't get any better than this!
 

DrDavidM

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Well that's really nice to hear. (the not pressing charges part. Not the chocking and shooting part). Maybe this type of scenario will discourage some of the criminal activity in the country. I'm glad I live in TN
 

PascalFleischman

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No lawsuit in TN....Castle Doctrine was enacted earlier this year, with a clause protecting against civil suit in the case of justified deadly force.
 

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