Halloween slaying victim ID’d

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Police have released the name of a Georgia man who was shot and killed on Halloween in the Burlington neighborhood of East Knoxville. 

The victim was identified as 26-year-old J’Michael Dossett, said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland on Monday. 

KPD officers were dispatched to a reported shooting with a victim at a house in the 4100 block of Catalpa Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, said Erland. When they got to the residence they found Dossett, who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Erland didn’t say if Dossett was armed or discuss a possible motive for the man’s killing.

Dossett’s death brought 2021 another step closer to being the bloodiest year since Knoxville’s police department began keeping track of homicide statistics. 

The most recent slaying was either the 36th or 38th to occur in the Knoxville city limits this year, depending on how the numbers are compiled.

According to KPD’s statistics — which don’t include suspects who died in confrontations with police — the number of homicides was 36. 

Hard Knox Wire, however, includes officer-involved fatalities. Under that criteria, Monday’s incident was Knoxville’s 38th homicide of 2021.

Regardless of which count is used, if the violence continues at its current pace, then 2021 will be the city’s deadliest year on record by far.

The unprecedented rise in the homicide rate began when the number of killings shot up from 22 in 2019 to 37 in 2020, according to KPD’s numbers.  

Prior to 2020, the bloodiest year on record was 1998, when 35 people were killed.

Published on November 2, 2021.