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Police ask witnesses to Hog Wild murder to come forward

Staff report • Mar 7, 2018 at 10:02 AM

KINGSPORT — Detectives are continuing to investigate Friday’s fatal shooting at Hog Wild Saloon on West Stone Drive, saying they have yet to speak with many people who witnessed the murder.

On Wednesday morning, the Kingsport Police Department requested that those people come forward. At the time of the incident that killed city resident Brett D. Rodgers, 20, there might have been more than 100 people inside the bar. Police believe that many of those patrons saw the shooting in the main room but have not yet spoken with investigators.

Any of those additional witnesses are asked to call the KPD at (423) 229-9429.

Several hours after the incident, a 16-year-old male from Bristol, Va., was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. The juvenile suspect also faces a charge of aggravated assault, as he allegedly shot another man during the altercation that killed Rodgers. That victim was hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening.

Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus says he is reviewing the case to determine if the charged suspect will be tried as a juvenile or an adult. 

Emergency personnel responding to Hog Wild spotted “several obvious safety concerns and potential city ordinance and building code violations,” according to police. The bar was temporarily closed so those issues could reportedly “be thoroughly investigated and addressed.” As of Wednesday, the business had not reopened. 

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