Police ask for help in W. Knox killing


Police officials said Thursday they’re asking for the public’s help finding the suspects who shot and killed a West Knoxville man in his apartment.

The victim in the case was identified as Carlos Sweeney, 24, who lived in a rented unit at Huntington Place apartment complex off Sutherland Avenue, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland. 

“At this stage of the investigation, which is being led by the KPD Violent Crimes Unit, the incident is not believed to be random in nature,” Erland said. 

“Investigators also believe that the suspects fled the area of the shooting in a vehicle and are asking anyone with video capturing Sutherland Avenue, Forest Park Boulevard, Forest Hills Boulevard or Longview Road between 4:20 and 4:50 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, June 23 to share that video to assist their investigative efforts,” he continued.

 KPD officers were dispatched to an apartment at 603 Longview Road when the E-911 center received a phone call that was suddenly disconnected about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. As the officers drove to the scene, E-911 dispatchers took a second phone call, this time reporting a gunshot victim at the apartment, Erland said.

When officers reached the scene they found that one of the apartment doors was hanging open, Erland continued. Sweeney was found dead inside the apartment, suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The shooting at Huntington Place was the second homicide recorded this week. 

This year is on track to be the bloodiest since Knoxville began keeping crime statistics. Since Jan. 1, there have been at least 24 slayings in the city plus at least five more homicides in the unincorporated areas of Knox County under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Office. 

There were 37 homicides in Knoxville in 2020, more than the previous high of 35 in 1998. At this time last year, there had been only 16 slayings.

 Video or any other information relevant to the investigation can be shared at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or via the free mobile app, P3 Tips. Tipsters will remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a cash reward, Erland said.

Police at the scene of Wednesday’s homicide in West Knoxville. The shooting was reported about 4:30 a.m. at Huntington Place, an apartment complex off Sutherland Avenue. Photo submitted by KPD.

J.J. Stambaugh can be reached at jjstambaugh@hardknoxwire.com 

Published on June 25, 2021