"Storming the house would have been the last result. It would have been a very difficult entry and high-risk. We are trained to do that and we would have done it if we had to, but fortunately we didn't have to."
Police officers and FBI agents who were involved in the 1989 "Inskip Shootout" in North Knoxville say it was one of the most "harrowing" incidents they ever experienced.
It happened on the morning of December 4th, 1989. Former military policeman Jerry Meredith spotted what he thought was a suspicious looking van at First Tennessee Bank on Merchant's Road. Meredith followed the suspects down Inskip Drive. Afterward, Meredith returned to the bank, learned it had been robbed and then directed officers to the house on Inskip.
Two of three bank robbery suspects turned themselves in right away. The third suspect refused.
Both the suspect and on-scene officers exchanged gunfire throughout an hours-long standoff. KPD Officer Richard Giammarino was shot four times, but survived. The standoff ended after Officer Gary Moyers managed to shoot the suspect's gun from his hand.
That suspect, Jessie Adams, remains in prison for his crimes.
More than 20 years later, the Inskip shootout remains a vivid memory in the minds of officers who worked the incident and one of your "Straight from the Heart" moments.