Charges waived to grand jury for Fla. suspect accused of shooting Knoxville officer

Matthew Pryor (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – All charges for a Florida man charged with shooting a Knoxville police officer were sent to a grand jury except the fugitive from justice warrant.

Matthew Pryor, 30, faces charges of attempted first degree murder, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and being a fugitive from justice. A hearing for the fugitive from justice charge was reset for June 17 to allow the district attorney’s office time for open discovery in advance of a grand jury.

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Knoxville Police Department said Pryor shot officer Jimmy Wilson in the chest at a hotel room last month. Wilson was not seriously injured due to the ballistic vest he wore at the time of impact.

Officer Jimmy Wilson (source: KPD)

 

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Pryor’s criminal history includes burglary, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest with violence. His earliest arrest was when he was 13-year-ols in 1997. He was released from prison, most recently, in October.

At the time of his arrest, Pryor was also wanted in South Carolina. Officers said Pryor robbed a Verizon store through victim and witness statements as well as surveillance video. In Florida, Miami-Dade police officers said Pryor shot at them when they tried to serve a warrant after he allegedly carjacked and stole a woman’s vehicle.

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Surveillance photos from a Verizon store in Gaffney, S.C. (source: Gaffney Police Department)
Surveillance photos from a Verizon store in Gaffney, S.C. (source: Gaffney Police Department)

 

 

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