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Second Farragut Kroger shooting suspect caught

Knox County Sheriff’s Office detectives tracked down an elusive second suspect involved in a deputy-related shooting at Farragut Kroger Marketplace Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Andrew John Compton, 22, was taken into custody Thanksgiving Day, Thursday afternoon, Nov. 26, in Anderson County without incident following an 8-day manhunt.

He and his father, Alfred Compton, 46, are suspected of shoplifting a buggy of items, valued at about $160, from the Farragut Kroger store.

The pair were confronted in the Kroger parking lot by KCSO off-duty deputy Grayson Fritts, who was working security at the store.

Fritts, according to KCSO Capt. Ben Harkins, ordered the men to stop but the pair jumped into a light blue, 1993 Nissan Maxima to effect their escape. 

Alfred Compton, tried to run over the deputy and also hit two cars in the parking lot during their escape — one of which was a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier belonging to witness Harry Scott. 

According to police reports, Fritts fired two rounds at the suspects, breaking out the drivers-side window and hitting Alfred Compton in the neck and shoulder.

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

Alfred Compton later was found at a hospital in Jefferson County seeking treatment for his wounds. He was transported to The University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was treated and released into KCSO custody.

Alfred Compton was transported to the Knox County Sheriff’s Detention Facility. He 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.

Andrew Compton also is being held in the Knox County Detention Facility under a $12,500 bond. He is charged with theft and felony evading arrest.


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