School resource officer finds attempted murder suspect hiding in woods

GRAY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A school resource officer found a man with a prior attempted murder warrant hiding in the woods with a gun and a knife in Knox County, according to deputies.

Deputies say they were accompanying a school resource center director on a home visit on December 5th around 2 p.m. when they noticed two men in the woods off Johnson Hollow Road.

Deputies say one man was laying in leaves, trying to hide; he was later identified as 26-year-old Zachary Franke of Corbin.

Deputies say Franke jumped up and ran away, and a knife and handgun could be seen on his hips.

After a 30 minute search, deputies say they found Franke and he was armed with the knife, but had hidden the gun.

Deputies say he was was wanted and labeled armed and dangerous with violent tendencies. They say he had a parole violation warrant for attempted murder, evading parole supervision and violation of release conditions.

Deputies say they searched for the handgun and the second man, but couldn’t find either.

Franke was arrested and charged with parole violation for criminal attempt to commit murder, absconding parole supervision, failure to report change, fleeing or evading,
possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed deadly weapon with prior deadly weapon conviction, tampering with physical evidence, promoting contraband, and hindering apprehension or prosecution.

After a search at the Knox County Detention Center, deputies say they found a shiv hidden on Franke’s body.

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