Knoxville police kill suspect in fatal shooting at Hooters restaurant - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Knoxville police kill suspect in fatal shooting at Hooters restaurant

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A man suspected of killing a customer and wounding a manager at a Hooters restaurant was shot and killed by police a day later, authorities said Monday.

David Michael Rudd, 25, was shot several times on Sunday night in a parking lot behind another restaurant after he repeatedly refused to put down two guns he was holding, police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said. No officers were injured.

Police had gone to the other restaurant after receiving a tip that Rudd had been seen there.       Police believe Rudd was the man who fired shots from a .40-caliber handgun into a Hooters restaurant Saturday morning after a dispute with a cashier over his bar tab, Lt. Kenny Miller said Sunday.

Investigators could not yet positively identify Rudd as the shooter at the restaurant, but they planned to test the guns he was carrying to determine if either was used at the Hooters.

A customer, Stacey Sherman, 35, of Applegate, Mich., was killed by a gunshot as he was leaving the restaurant. Police don't believe he was involved in the dispute.

Manager Kris Key, 24, was wounded and treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center. Hospital officials said there was no patient by that name being treated on Monday morning and refused to give any details.

Police said Rudd had a long criminal background.

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