Editor's note: Corrects Smith's age and that one gun was reported taken.
KNOXVILLE - Former University of Tennessee basketball player Ramar Smith is accused of taking $6,000 in cash, a gun and a half pound of marijuana during an armed home invasion robbery Monday night.
Smith made a $15,000 bond this morning and was released from a Knox County jail after a one-hour stay.
Smith surrendered to police about 2:02 a.m. at the City County Building downtown, according to Knoxville Police Department Officer James Cox.
Smith was transported to the Knox County Detention Facility and, with the aid of a bail bondsman, was released after an hour, at 9:52 a.m., records show.
Smith, 21, was charged in connection with the 6:43 p.m. Monday home invasion robbery at Steeplechase Apartments, 5800 Central Avenue Pike, according to KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
Police also are trying to determine if the home invasion robbery was connected to a Tuesday night shooting at a South Knoxville apartment complex that left one person in critical condition.
"We interviewed him in great length this morning," DeBusk said, but he declined to divulge any details gleaned from those discussions.
"There could be additional arrests as the investigation moves forward."
According to court records, the victim, Kinder Tuckwiller, said Smith had come to his apartment to buy marijuana. Tuckwiller, a UT student, said he knew Smith.
While he was dealing with Smith, Tuckwiller said another person he didn't know entered the apartment at Steeplechase and robbed him of his personal property at gunpoint.
Tuckwiller flagged down police at 6:43 p.m. Monday, and Tuckwiller told police he had been robbed and that he had fired a round from a shotgun in the air to scare the suspects, a report states.
Officers found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun with one spent shell and one live shell in the passenger seat of Tuckwiller's truck and instructed him to return to his apartment.
When officers arrived at Tuckwiller's apartment, they smelled "a strong smell of fresh cut marijuana," records state.
According to the report, neighbors told officers they saw two males fleeing the apartment with a backpack and large duffle bag.
They also said they saw Tuckwiller run out of the apartment and place a small object in a nearby storm drain.
Crime lab officers recovered a blue pill bottle containing four pills believed to be oxycontin, the report states.
The Tuesday night shooting occurred at Woodlands Townhouses of Knoxville, 3700 Spruce Ridge Way, about 11:41 p.m., according to police.
They found Charles Corn, age unavailable, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the living room of his apartment, according to DeBusk.
"There were several other individuals in the apartment at the time" of the shooting, he said.
Witnesses told police that two men were seen leaving the area after the shooting.
DeBusk declined to say what type of firearm was used or where on his body Corn was shot. Corn was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.
Among the witnesses in the apartment was 22-year-old Brent Vinson, a defensive back with the UT football team.
Vinson gave a statement to police but is not considered a suspect, said KPD Investigator A.J. Loeffler.
"He's just a witness," Loeffler said.
Smith is from Mount Clemens, Mich., and was dismissed last year from the team by UT coach Bruce Pearl. Sources at that time told the News Sentinel that the dismissal resulted from Smith's violation of UT's substance abuse policy and academic shortcomings.
Prior to his dismissal, Smith had been an All-SEC freshman selection. After his departure, Smith had been playing basketball in Europe.
More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.