Update: 2nd suspect named in attempt to run down off-duty officer

5:08 PM, Nov 19, 2009   |    comments
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The Knox County Sheriff's Office has now released the name of a man arrested in connection with an attempt to run down an off-duty officer working a security side job, and the passenger still wanted in the incident.

Alfred Compton, 46, is accused of trying to run down off-duty deputy Grayson Fritz. Fritz had tried to confront a suspected shoplifter and was nearly run down in the parking lot. The vehicle missed Fritz but hit another car.

Fritz fired at the vehicle's driver's side window.

Alfred Compton later arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound to his neck and upper shoulder.

He was been treated and released from UT Medical Center, and was taken immediately to jail.

He faces charges of attempted second degree murder, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Alfred Compton is held on a total bond of $215,000.

A passenger in that car is still wanted as a suspect in the incident. That passenger has now been identified as his son Andrew Compton, 22.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at 215-2432.

Editor's note: This story previously indicated Alfred Compton had been charged with attempted first degree murder, based on information the sheriff's office makes available on its website at knoxsheriff.org. However, the sheriff's office has since updated its information to say that Compton is charged with attempted second degree murder.

Previous: After attempt to run down officer, suspect caught at hospital

When a man was dropped off with a gunshot wound at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, authorities were called. And that man is now believed to be the shoplifting suspect who tried to run down an off-duty sheriff's deputy and got shot.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and upper shoulder.

Officer Grayson Fritz fired at a vehicle that tried to run him down in the Kroger parking lot, after approaching the occupant on suspicion of shoplifting. Fritz was working an off-duty security side job.

Authorities are still searching for the male passenger in the car at the time.

He's described as a heavyset white man standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 300 pounds. He's in his mid-30s and was unshaven and wearing a striped shirt and khaki pants.

Authorities have recovered a vehicle they believe was the one used in the attempt to run down Fritz. It was hidden behind a house in Jefferson County.

Previous: Officer fires at shoplifter who tried to run him down in car

Knox County law enforcement agencies are looking for a suspect, after a confrontation with an officer.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office reports that, when an off-duty sheriff's officer tried to stop a shoplifter in the parking lot of the new Kroger in Farragut on Wednesday afternoon, the driver tried to run the officer down.

Instead, that driver hit another car. The officer fired at the vehicle, hitting one of the driver's side windows.

At this point, it's not known if the suspect was hit or not. The suspect fled the scene.

Now, officers are looking for a faded blue, 1990s era four-door Nissan Maxima.

The license plate is believed to read either 729 VJN or 76 VJN.

The white male driver had long hair and a mustache. The passenger was described as heavy set and was wearing a red and blue Western-type shirt and had khaki pants.

Officer Grayson Fritz was off duty and working a side job, providing security at the grocery store.

At this point, no injuries have been reported in the incident.

The emergency call came in at 3:58 p.m.

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