Police: Knoxville mayor's house vandalized with spray paint

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police are investigating after the mayor of a Tennessee city caught a man vandalizing her home with spray paint over the weekend.

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and a neighbor confronted the man after he scrawled the word “death” on a detached garage at her home Sunday evening, according to police.

The neighbor told investigators he was walking his dog with his family when he saw the man walk out from behind the mayor's detached garage, authorities said. Kincannon joined the neighbor and they approached the suspect, but he ran to his car and drove away.

The mayor spoke out against the act in a statement and also called for unity.

“Violence, vandalism and threats are never viable means to an end, under any circumstance,” Kincannon said, adding: “Despite the fact that this was obviously quite personal and hurtful to my family, we will continue to urge unity in this divisive time.”