TBI: Escaped officer-involved shooting suspect located, in custody

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UPDATE: Mark Hanselman, the man involved in a Greene County officer-involved shooting who escaped from the Johnson City Medical Center, has been located and is now in custody.

According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, someone called 911 to report a suspicious person on North Street in Johnson City.

Johnson City police took Hanselman into custody.

He was taken to a local hospital and “placed under guard,” the sheriff’s office said.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on-air, online, and on the WJHL News app.


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE 2:09 p.m. – Authorities believe a man involved in a Greene County officer-involved shooting may still be in the Tri-Cities area after he left a Johnson City hospital.

According to Greene County Sheriff Wesley Holt, Mark Hanselman left the Johnson City Medical Center “sometime overnight.” The sheriff’s office was told he was no longer at the hospital at 6:34 a.m. Friday.

Hanselman was shot by a Greene County deputy on December 3 after confronting deputies outside a home with a rifle.

Sheriff Holt said Hanselman had been in the Intensive Care Unit since the shooting occurred and had been receiving treatment.

Holt told News Channel 11’s Kaylyn Kluck that Hanselman was unguarded at the hospital due to the fact that he had not been arrested yet.

“He was just there. He had to have surgery. He was there. There was no guards on him,” said Holt.

Charges are pending against Hanselman for aggravated burglary, theft and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

However, Holt says the sheriff’s office did not have authority to guard Hanselman while he was at the hospital since he had not been served the warrants yet.

“We do have the warrants. They’re on file here. They’ve not been served on him because he was in an ICU ward at the hospital,” Holt said.

Holt believes Hanselman is still in the Tri-Cities area but is trying to leave.

Despite an alert from ETSU that said the escaped suspect was armed and dangerous, Holt said he does not believe Hanselman was ever armed.

“As far as I know, they didn’t have any vehicles broken into or anything like that or firearms stolen. So he was not armed. I don’t know how ETSU put it out or why they put it out that way,” Holt said.

Holt was also unsure of any clothing that Hanselman might have been wearing at the time he left the hospital.

Authorities believe Hanselman was wearing glasses at the time he escaped from the hospital.

He is described as a white male with blue eyes and brown hair. Hanselman is 5’8″ and weighs about 165 pounds.

If you see Hanselman, you are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Johnson City Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are also assisting with the investigation and searching for Hanselman.

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UPDATE 11:26 a.m.- The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has released new details in the escape of a shooting suspect from the Johnson City Medical Center.

According to a release from Sheriff Wesley Holt, the department was alerted at 6:34 a.m. that Mark Hanselman, 55, of Indiana, had left the hospital “sometime overnight.”

The release says Hanselman was at the hospital receiving treatment for a gunshot wound that he suffered after an officer-involved shooting on December 3.

Charges are currently pending on Hanselman for aggravated burglary, theft and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

JCPD and the TBI are investigating the circumstances surrounding his escape from the hospital.

JCPD Deputy Chief Debbie Botelho said Hanselman is not believed to be armed and police are not currently searching any particular area.

A photo of Hanselman was also released.

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UPDATE 10:44 a.m. – ETSU has lifted its shelter in place advisory after sending out an alert about a dangerous man.

The man has since been identified by Greene County Sheriff Wesley Holt as Mark Hanselman, 55, of Indiana.

Hanselman was shot by a Greene County deputy on December 3 after confronting authorities with a rifle in front of a home.

ETSU says JCPD, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are actively working the case.

ETSU originally said in the first alert that Hanselman was armed, but JCPD Deputy Chief Debbie Botelho told News Channel 11 that that is not the case.

The shelter in place advisory at ETSU has been lifted but anyone who sees Hanselman is asked to call 423-439-4480.

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East Tennessee State University has issued an alert to shelter in place due to the possible presence of a suspect from a Greene County officer-involved shooting who escaped from the hospital.

Greene County Sheriff Wesley Holt says the escaped inmate is Mark Hanselman, 55, of Indiana.

Hanselman was shot by a deputy on December 3 after confronting deputies in front of a Greene County home with a rifle.

Sheriff Holt said Hanselman was supposed to be receiving surgery at the Johnson City Medical Center Friday when he escaped.

Deputy Chief Debbie Botelho of the Johnson City Police Department told News Channel 11 that he is not believed to be armed, despite ETSU’s alert claiming he was.

JCPD and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are actively searching for Hanselman, according to Holt.

The ETSU Gold Alert describes Hanselman as white with brown hair and blue eyes.

ETSU reports that he wears glasses and is 5’8″ and 150 pounds.

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