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Kingsport man shot in alleged 'setup'

Rain Smith • Updated Feb 15, 2018 at 1:38 PM

The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of local police agencies.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 10

While a woman was “lending a helping hand” to an overheating motorist — following him to make sure he didn’t break down — the other driver stopped in the street and backed up. After colliding with the good Samaritan’s front end, he then fled. When an officer located him on Austin Hill Road, he apologized for the collision, saying he had missed his turn and tried to backtrack. He was arrested for leaving the scene and being an habitual motor offender.

Feb. 11

— A woman requested that police meet her at her Church Hill home. When officers arrived, she drove up without wearing a seatbelt, then explained that the hospital “took her fingerprints off of her hands and off of her toes.” She then voluntarily handed over a baggie containing what appeared to be cocaine, netting a charge of drug possession. After performing poorly on sobriety tests, she was additionally charged with DUI, driving on a revoked license and failure to use a seatbelt.

— A woman told police she had been assaulted by her husband, who had arrived with a “female friend” and began beating her with a belt. He was located in a traffic stop and arrested.

— A Bulls Gap man alerted dispatch to an alleged burglary in progress, saying he had barricaded himself in a bedroom after two men smashed a window. A deputy arrived to find no such disturbance, only three men sitting on the couch. One was the complainant (who appeared intoxicated) and admitted he “did not know why he called.” He was arrested for filing a false report.

Kingsport Police Department

Feb. 7

— When police stopped a car on West Sullivan Street for a broken taillight, a passenger stated he had a handgun. An officer took possession of the loaded firearm and found the driver had a suspended license. A subsequent search of the vehicle located a second gun, more than $700 in cash and 98 grams of meth. Both men were arrested on multiple charges.

— At 1:30 a.m., police were called to Holston Valley Medical Center to speak with a man receiving treatment. He claimed that while he and a female were sitting in a car along Fairoaks Road, unknown men approached and began firing a gun, shooting him in the wrist. The woman then drove him directly to the hospital. According to her statements, during the shooting the victim had yelled, “That (expletive) set me up!” Detectives took over the case and located shell casings at the scene. An investigation is continuing.

Feb. 8

— At an East Stone Drive car dealership, an employee arrived to find offices and the paint shop had been ransacked and a back door was open. Initially, $9,000 was reported missing, but employees were to compile a list of any other stolen goods. The case was passed along to detectives.

Feb. 12

— A woman called dispatch after hearing voices outside her window “threatening to spray a skunk smell.” Officers walked the perimeter of her home, but failed to locate any footprints or to detect an odor.

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