Florida Shooting Suspect Identified as Man killed in Knoxville Shootout – Cristhian Eliud Ramos-Murillo, 32, was killed as he reportedly traded gunfire with a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper and Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies Tuesday night during a pursuit on I-40 East near James White Parkway, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
A second man traveling with Ramos-Murillo, 21-year-old Mario Enrique Mejia Moya was wounded. He remained hospitalized Thursday.
Ramos-Murillo had been identified as the suspect sought in connection with a shooting reported at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday in North Lauderdale, Florida, according to a news release from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
The shooting victim remained in critical condition at a Florida hospital Thursday, the release states.
Just after 7 p.m. Tuesday, a THP trooper spotted the same Chevy Tahoe traveling along Interstate 75 near Knox County. The trooper tried to pull over the SUV as it traveled onto I-75/I-40 near Watt Road, but the driver refused to stop, kicking off a chase.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined the pursuit as officers attempted to force the vehicle to stop near Exit 388 at James White Parkway.
“For reasons still under investigation, at least one occupant of the Tahoe fired shots at authorities,” the release reads. “One trooper and four deputies returned fire, striking both occupants of the vehicle.”
The TBI does not, as a matter of policy, identify the officers involved in shootings.
The shootout shut down all eastbound and westbound I-40 traffic through the downtown area for several hours overnight as dozens of law enforcement personnel converged on the scene. All lanes have since reopened.