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Ex-cop shot in head during likely robbery

Suspect who visited home jailed on charge of attempted murder

By Don Jacobs
News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Sheriff's officials suspect robbery was the motive in the shooting of a former Knoxville police officer who was found slumped over in a recliner in his North Knox County trailer.

Mike Parker, 63, was shot once in the head with a .22-caliber pistol about 11 a.m. Sunday, said Knox County Sheriff's Office Capt. Clyde Cowan.

Parker was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where his condition was unavailable because of medical confidentiality laws.

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