Woman Charged in Knoxville Roommate Shooting Turns Herself In

Woman Charged in Knoxville Roommate Shooting Turns Herself In News
A Knoxville woman accused of fatally shooting her roommate turned herself into police on Thursday.

Sarah Scarbrough, 22, was indicted by a Knox County grand jury on charges including second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and employing a firearm during the commission of a felony for the February shooting death of Jason Cooper, 46.

Knoxville police responded to a shooting at a home in the 1200 block of West Parkway Avenue in Knoxville on Feb. 22. Officers found Cooper had been fatally shot, and their investigation revealed the shooting involved “two roommates,” according to a police statement.

Scarbrough turned herself in to Knoxville Police Department detectives on Thursday, police announced in a statement. She is being held on $500,000 bond pending her initial court appearance.

No further details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting have been released. Knoxville police continue to investigate the deadly incident.

Second-degree murder is a knowing killing of another person. In Tennessee, it is punishable by 15 to 60 years in prison. Voluntary manslaughter involves intentionally causing the death of another person in a sudden passion or heat of blood and is punishable by 3 to 15 years imprisonment.

Cooper’s death is Knoxville’s ninth homicide of 2022 so far, according to police records. The city had 37 homicides in 2021.

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