KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department has identified the man who shot and killed an attempted armed robbery suspect at a Knoxville convenience store as a man with a long criminal history in Knoxville and Knox County.
KPD says Issac Scruggs, 42, shot and killed Tamon Stapleton, 18, at Breadbox in the 6200 block of Asheville Highway early Monday morning. Officers say Stapleton, armed with a 9mm handgun, had entered the store and was forcing the female clerk behind the counter at gunpoint.
Scruggs, a friend of the clerk, was outside in a parked vehicle at the time. Officers say he retrieved his handgun, entered the store and fired one shot, hitting Stapleton. Police previously said Scruggs would not face any charges in the shooting.
Scruggs has a long history of criminal charges and citations in Knox County including aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, driving on revoked or suspended license, driving under the influence, public intoxication, vandalism, resisting arrest, theft and unlawful weapons possession.
WATE 6 On Your Side reached out to Scruggs Thursday, but he did not wish to comment.