UPDATE: TBI says it has identified three of the people who were in the vehicle at the time of the incident, including two teenagers who were shot. One has been released from the hospital. The other remains hospitalized but is expected to recover. A release from the TBI states that due to the fact that the individuals are juveniles, their names are not being released at this time. The TBI said the investigation remains active and ongoing.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – A Hawkins County deputy and two suspects were injured during an officer-involved shooting in Kingsport Monday morning, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
TBI officials updated the media in a briefing. You can watch the briefing on our WJHL Facebook page below:
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a Hawkins County deputy spotted a stolen vehicle on Highway 11W in the Allandale section of the county and attempted a traffic stop.
TBI reports the truck that the deputy attempted to stop fled instead, prompting a pursuit.
A Mount Carmel police officer responded to the pursuit to assist.
TBI reports the chase continued several miles into the Kingsport city limits when the suspects attempted to change vehicles in the 200 block of Cherokee Village Drive off of Clinchfield Street.
TBI Pubilc Information Officer Leslie Earhart said in a briefing that the occupants of the truck reportedly entered “a car that was waiting nearby.” The second vehicle was also reported stolen.
The driver of the vehicle drove towards the Hawkins County deputy as they attempted to leave the area. The deputy was hit by the vehicle and injured.
“Both the deputy and the Mount Carmel officer fired shots at the vehicle, striking two of the occupants,” Earhart said.
The vehicle reportedly continued down Cherokee Village Drive until it reached a dead-end in the 400 block.
TBI reports the occupants of the vehicle got out and fled on foot.
The two people who had been shot by law enforcement were located shortly after fleeing the vehicle, according to TBI. The agency says both were teenagers.
They were transported to a local hospital for treatment. As of 5 p.m., one had been released while the other remained hospitalized but is expected to recover, according to TBI.
The Hawkins County deputy was also transported to the hospital for treatment and has been released, TBI reports.
The agency also says it has identified three of the individuals who were in the vehicle at the time of the incident, including the two teenagers who were shot.
Agents are working to determine how the second car was waiting for the occupants of the vehicle.
According to Earhart, at least one other person has been apprehended following the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing as of Monday morning. Earhart said there is no reason to believe the community is in any danger.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact authorities. TBI expects to remain on the scene into Monday afternoon.
The early morning shooting disturbing neighborhood residents.
“I woke up at 4:45-4:50 to the sound of gunshots,” said Jeremiah Hill, who lives near where the officer-involved shooting took place.
Hill says he looked out his window early Monday morning and saw police pursuing a car.
“The police were immediately behind it. There probably wasn’t even a full car-length between the officers in pursuit and the vehicle. They were right on them. It was pretty quick,” he said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports an officer-involved shooting occurred in Kingsport Monday morning.
TBI tweeted saying the shooting involved the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Mount Carmel Police Department.
You can watch News Channel 11’s live stream of the TBI briefing below:
TBI issued the following statement:
At the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI Agents are investigating the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting that occurred early this morning in Kingsport, at the intersection of Cherokee Village Drive and Sequoyah Drive. The incident involved the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office and Mount Carmel Police Department.TBI Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart
At this time, agents are working to gather evidence and conduct interviews relevant to the investigation. As we have a preliminary understanding of the events leading up to the shooting, additional information will be released.
More details are expected to be released by the TBI later.
The Kingsport Police Department has asked residents to avoid the areas of Clinchfield Street and West Sullivan Street. Drivers should also avoid the area of Sequoyah Drive.
Officers told News Channel 11’s Sydney Kessler at the scene that there was no search for suspects as of 6:50 a.m.
Officers also said no homes had been evacuated and residents in the area were not in any danger.
Residents have been asked to avoid areas near downtown Kingsport as a “police situation” unfolds Monday morning.
According to the Kingsport Police Department Central Dispatch, people are asked to avoid the area of Clinchfield Street and West Sullivan Street.
News Channel 11’s Sydney Kessler was live at the active scene, where officers said there is not a search underway for any suspect.
Officers said residents in the area are not in any danger and no homes have been evacuated.
Drivers should also avoid Sequoyah Drive, according to dispatchers.
News Channel 11’s crew reports the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is also at the scene.
Details are limited but more information is expected to be released later.