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UPDATE: KPD Cadet killed after shooting ex-girlfriend, family

UPDATE: 3:00 PM Saturday

Knoxville Police have released the identities of the people wounded and killed in a shooting in North Knoxville Friday night that involved a KPD cadet.

According to a preliminary KPD investigation, Michael Little, 21, went to home of his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Womack, Inskip Road at 11:28 p.m Friday. The two had broken up a few weeks earlier.

KPD said Little spoke to Womack's family members and a friend, then as he turned to leave, pulled out a .45-caliber handgun and started shooting.

He shot Rhonda Womack, Ashley's mother, and killed Travis Wegener, a friend of the Womack family. Little then went around to the back of the home and shot his ex-girlfriend.

KPD said Joshua Womack, Ashley's brother, ran to get a rifle to protect his family. He shot Little several times in the shootout.

Officers pronounced Wegener, 28, dead at the scene.

Little, Ashley Womack and Rhonda Womack were all taken to UT Medical Center for their injuries. Little was pronounced dead when they arrived at the hospital. Ashley Womack was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and then released. Rhonda Womack, however, is listed in serious condition after being hit in the shoulder.

Little was a cadet for the department. The cadet program is designed for individuals 21 years of age and younger to get a look at career opportunities within law enforcement. Cadets typically answer phone calls from citizens, issue parking citations, and assist officers on various assignments.

Cadets are non-sworn civilian employees and are not issued a handgun.

Original Story:

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said one of their cadets shot three people in North Knoxville late Friday night. Two people, including the cadet, are dead and two others are injured.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family. This is a tragic, tragic incident," Chief Rausch told the media Friday night.

Knoxville police received the shooting call at 11:30 p.m. at 5206 Inskip Road.

Chief Rausch said the 21-year-old cadet started the gun fight. He said the cadet went to the home to see his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend.

"We understand initially it didn't sound like any kind of confrontation. Then, as he was leaving, he confronted a family-friend," Chief Rausch said.

He said the cadet then shot the 28-year-old "family friend." The victim died at the scene.

The cadet also shot his ex-girlfriend and her mother. They were both taken to UT for non-life threatening injures.

The son and brother of the two women lived at the home and heard it all happening.

"He went and retrieved a firearm to defend his family and shot the cadet multiple times," he said.

The cadet also died on the scene.

No names have been released.

A cadet is a civilian employee of the department under 21 years old. Cadets are not sworn officers.

Cadets work in different capacities such as doing paperwork, answering the phones, writing parking citations and assisting officers with various tasks. They cannot make arrests or take any law enforcement action. They are not issued weapons. It's a program for young people to get an idea if law enforcement is a career they may be interested in prior to applying for a position.

10News has a crew on the scene and will bring you more updates as they become available.


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