Burglary suspect shot by Knoxville homeowner, transported to hospital for treatment

The Knoxville Police Department was called to a home burglary at 3804 Sullivan Road on Friday morning.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) –  A man with a lengthy criminal history was transported to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wound after police said he broke into a Knoxville home.

Mark Brandon Caldwell, 34, was taken to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot to his right arm. Police said they they responded to a home burglary at 3804 Sullivan Road on Friday morning and discovered the homeowner has shot Caldwell.

A man and woman said they returned to their house after eating breakfast and saw a yellow Nissan pickup truck in their driveway. When they entered their home, noise was coming from upstairs.11891233_879393818812015_3110145016003253680_n

The woman, stepped out of the house to call 911. After she stepped outside, police said the man checked on the problem, saw Caldwell in a bedroom and shot him.

“Obviously when you’re involved in something like that, you react and do what you think is right, and he did what he thought was right. He was protecting his house and he was protecting his wife,” said Darrell DeBusk, spokesperson for the Knoxville Police Department. “After when you have some time to think about it, that’s when the fear and some of the emotions come into play cause you think back to what you did, but he did do the right thing.”

After Caldwell was shot, police said he broke out a window, jumping onto the homeowner’s deck and left the house in the pickup truck. A couple minutes later, officer said Caldwell showed up at a Knoxville fire station on Western Avenue.

Firefighters were on a call away from the station, but police said Caldwell broke out a window, trying to get inside. Officers arrived at the station and detained Caldwell and transported him to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Investigators discovered a flat screen TV and several video game systems inside of Caldwell’s truck. Some of the items were from at least one other burglary, police said. They are working to identify the other victims.

Once Caldwell was released from the hospital, he was detained on multiple charges stemming from Friday’s incident, including a violation of parole. Knoxville police said Caldwell’s criminal history includes possession of drug paraphernalia, theft, carrying weapons and vandalism.

Long criminal history

Mark Brandon Caldwell (Source: KPD)
Mark Brandon Caldwell (Source: KPD)

Caldwell has a long criminal history, according to Knox County court records:

  • December 4, 1999: Caldwell was charged with unlawful possession.carrying of weapons. This charge was dismissed after completion of diversion.
  • May 18, 2000: Caldwell was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty and had to pay a $250 fine.
  • May 21, 2005: Caldwell was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was convicted and sentenced to a $150 fine and 11 months 29 days suspended sentence.
  • April 16, 2006: Caldwell was charged with vandalism $500 or less. He was accused of exiting his truck on Henley Street and striking the driver’s side window of a juvenile’s vehicle, causing it to shatter. The flying glass injured the victim and his passenger. He was convicted after a guilty plea and
  • January 5, 2007: Caldwell was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. This was dismissed on costs.
  • August 25, 2008: Caldwell was accused of breaking into a detached garage on Coster Road and stealing a hedge trimmer. He was also accused of breaking into a car and stealing a JVC car stereo. The documents say he then sold both items at Pappy’s Pawn on North Broadway. He was charged with theft.
  • August 28, 2008: Caldwell was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. This was dismissed.
  • January 20, 2009: Caldwell was charged with two counts of burglary. He pleaded guilty and was convicted.
  • July 15, 2009: Caldwell was charged with theft at a home on Fontaine Drive. The person filing the report saw Caldwell steal his $800 Husqvarna chainsaw. He then confronted Caldwell who said he had sold it. The records say Caldwell admitted this to officers as well. Caldwell pleaded guilty and was sentenced to an 11 months, 29 days suspended sentence to run concurrent with the above.
  • December 4, 2009: Caldwell was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. This charged with dismissed after completion of judicial diversion.
  • September 25, 2012: Caldwell was accused of burglarizing Alignment Professionals, 2019 N. Central Street. Surveillance video showed him kicking in a door, trying to steal a computer and monitor, then taking cash from a cash drawer. A burglary charge was dismissed.
  • September 26, 2012: Officers were sent to Kiwk Pantry, 6222 Chapman Highway, for a burglary alarm. Officers found Caldwell, and another person and in the back of the closed business. Officers found burglary tools including a crowbar. Caldwell admitted he planned to break in and steal beer and cigarettes. About $2,000 in damage was caused to a metal door. He pleaded guilty and had his probation revoked. A charge of possession of burglary tools was dismissed. He was charged with theft, three counts of burglary and three counts of criminal trespassing.
  • April 4, 2013: Caldwell was charged with theft by shoplifting, $500 or less, at a business near or in Knoxville Center Mall and the Walmart on Chapman Highway. These charges were dismissed.



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