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Wounded Kroger Marketplace shoplifter captured
Off-duty KCSO deputy shoots suspect while avoiding alleged rundown

Police arrested Alfred Compton, 46, in connection with the Wednesday, Nov. 18, shoplifting and officer-involved shooting at Kroger Marketplace in Farragut.

Police said Compton was found seeking treatment for gunshot wounds to the neck and chest at a Jefferson County hospital more than an hour away from the Farragut crime scene Wednesday evening.

According to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ben Harkins, Compton and his son, Andrew, allegedly attempted to run down an off-duty KCSO deputy who was working security at the Farragut grocery complex after he confronted the pair in the Kroger parking lot loading a shopping buggy filled with stolen goods.

Officer Grayson Fritts, Harkins said, ordered the men to stop but the pair jumped into a light blue, 1993 Nissan Maxima and attempted to run the officer down.

Harkins said Fritts fired on the vehicle, breaking out the drivers-side window and hitting the driver, Alfred Compton, and possibly hitting the son, Andrew.

The pair escaped but not before striking a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier belonging to witness Harry Scott, who concurred with the KCSO account of the incident.

Police said more than 40 officers joined in the search for the pair.

The suspects’ vehicle was found hidden behind a house in Jefferson County.

Fritts was physically unharmed in the altercation, according to Harkins.

Compton was transferred from Jefferson County to The University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was treated and released into KCSO custody Wednesday night.

He was later transported to the Knox County Detention Facility and has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident for a combined bond of $215,000.

KCSO continues to search for the second suspect, Andrew Compton, who was described by KCSO spokesperson Ashley Haynes as a heavyset white man. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a red and blue, western-style, long sleeve shirt.

Police ask that anyone with any information to call 865-215-2432.


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