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Update: Police name man who allegedly hit officer with stolen SUV

Rain Smith and Jeff Bobo • Aug 27, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Update, 8:30 p.m.:

KINGSPORT — A police officer who was struck by a stolen vehicle and pinned against his patrol car appears to have avoided major injury, while the driver is in custody after crashing in Hawkins County.

The officer was injured at about 10:45 Monday morning in Lynn Garden. According to Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton, officers were looking for a 2011 Range Rover that had been reported stolen in Johnson City.

Officers spotted the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Police report that on Truxton Drive, as one officer exited his cruiser, the driver put the Range Rover in reverse and deliberately accelerated toward him, pinning him between the two vehicles.

The suspect, later identified as Shannon Michael Carter, 25, fled the scene and multiple officers gave chase. Others remained on scene to render aid to the injured officer. He was taken to the hospital by EMS and released later in the day.

During the incident, one of the officers fired at Carter as he fled, and tire marks in neighboring yards indicate Carter drove off the road to elude officers. Carter was not struck by the round. A shell casing was collected as evidence by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It is protocol that the TBI investigate officer-involved shootings.

Carter is alleged to have led officers on a lengthy pursuit, with officers losing contact with him near the intersection of Clouds Ford Road and Duke Street.

Church Hill Police Department Chief Mark Johnson told the Times-News that at about 11 a.m., the Range Rover was spotted in a parking lot at Volunteer High School. The facility was then placed on lockdown.

“Officer Dustin Dean attempted the first initial stop and he started fleeing through the parking lots at Volunteer before he ended up wrecking between Armstrong (Drive) and Bernard (Avenue),” said Johnson.

Johnson said the crash occurred in the backyard of a residence, with the suspect then running back toward Volunteer. Carter was apprehended about 200 yards north of the school at about 11:30 a.m. Officers from several agencies reportedly tackled him and cuffed him in the front yard of a residence. Before being subdued, he was also Tasered by Church Hill police.

Carter was transported to the Kingsport city jail. The TBI has charged Carter with attempted criminal homicide and two counts of aggravated assault. He is also charged with possession of stolen property over $10,000, felony evading arrest, reckless driving, alteration of a license plate and not having a license.

Patton said Carter was already wanted on 16 preexisting felony warrants in his hometown of Braselton, Georgia, with those alleged crimes “similar to the ones he committed here today.”

Patton said there are also possible additional charges related to the initial theft of the motor vehicle in Johnson City and his apprehension in Hawkins County.

 

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KINGSPORT — A police officer who was struck by a stolen vehicle was in stable condition Monday afternoon, while the driver was in custody after fleeing the city and crashing in Hawkins County.

The officer was injured at about 10:45 a.m. in Lynn Garden. Kingsport police are releasing few details on the Truxton Drive incident, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene.

That's protocol for instances when officers fire at suspects. There was at least one shell casing near the officer's patrol car, which was left crumpled on the driver's side door.

KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton says the damage was caused by a man in a possibly stolen 2011 Range Rover. Tire tracks were visible in the yard of a home on Truxton Drive, appearing as if the driver of the SUV exited the road to try to elude the officer. Neither man has been named by authorities.

After striking the officer with his vehicle the driver fled the scene. Police say he had a woman as a passenger.

Shortly before 11 a.m., a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued in Hawkins County. Church Hill Police Department Chief Mark Johnson told the Times-News that the Range Rover was initially spotted in a parking lot at Volunteer High School. The facility was then placed on lockdown.

“Officer Dustin Dean attempted the first initial stop and he started fleeing through the parking lots at Volunteer before he ended up wrecking between Armstrong (Drive) and Bernard (Avenue)," said Johnson.

Johnson said the crash occurred in the backyard of a residence, with the suspect then running back toward Volunteer. The woman who was with him was taken into custody at the scene of the wreck.

"He ran on foot and everybody lost sight of him for about 30 minutes,” Johnson added. “Then there was a neighbor who saw him walking right through her backyard. She dialed 911, and that gave us a definite address.”

The suspect was apprehended about 200 yards north of the school at about 11:30 a.m. Officers from several agencies reportedly tackled him and cuffed him in the front yard of a residence. Before being subdued, he was also Tasered by Church Hill police.

On Monday afternoon, investigations into all of the incidents were continuing, while the suspect was in police custody with charges pending. The injured officer was conscious and alert at an area hospital.

"This incident is now a multi-jurisdictional/multi-agency investigation being investigated at no less than two separate locations," Patton said. "As such, and in the interest of not disseminating information erroneously or prematurely, no further details will be released at the present time."

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UPDATE, 11:40 a.m.: The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office reports the suspect is now in custody, while the Kingsport Police Department adds the vehicle may have been stolen. Check back for more updates as they become available. 

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KINGSPORT — Police in multiple jurisdictions are currently searching for a man after he struck an officer with his vehicle in Lynn Garden and fled the scene.

The incident happened at about 10:45 a.m., with the injured Kingsport police officer transported from the scene by EMS. His condition is currently not known, and investigators are still piecing through what exactly happened.

According to KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton, the suspect later crashed near Volunteer High School in Hawkins County. A female passenger was taken into custody, but the male driver ran from the wreck. As of 11:30 a.m., the KPD and Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office were searching the area. 

On Twitter, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office stated that Volunteer High School is on lockdown. All students were reportedly safe. 

At 11 a.m., officers were still processing the scene of the incident in Kingsport, which occurred on Truxton Drive. Witnesses told the Times News that the driver of an SUV was trying to elude police and drove through multiple yards. Shell casings were visible on the roadway.

Press release from Kingsport Police states: 

“On August 27, 2018 as of 10:45 AM, the Kingsport Police Department is searching for a possibly stolen felony hit and run vehicle. The vehicle in question is a white 2011 Range Rover sport utility vehicle with heavy front end damage. The vehicle was involved in a felony hit and run collision in the Lynn Garden area.

“The vehicle was last seen on Clouds Ford Road at Duke Street headed toward Carters Valley and was occupied by a white male driver and a white female passenger. Anyone who sees it or knows its current whereabouts is asked to promptly contact Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.”

According to Hawkins County authorities:

Around 11:30 a.m. the suspect was apprehended on Armstrong Drive near Volunteer High School campus after a nearby resident spotted him running through a yard and called 911.

VHS was placed on lockdown, and police from Kingsport, Church Hill, Surgoinsville, Mount Carmel, HCSO and the THP converged on the neighborhood surrounding campus to search for the suspect. 

Shortly before 11 a.m. a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued in Hawkins County for a white Range Rover related to the assault on the Kingsport officer.

CHPD Chief Mark Johnson told the Times-News that the Range Rover was initially spotted in a school parking lot.

"He was on school property in several of the parking lots,” Johnson said. “Officer Dustin Dean attempted the first initial stop and he started fleeing through the parking lots at Volunteer before he ended up wrecking between Armstrong and Bernard. It was after that that he got out in the foot pursuits began."

Bernard Avenue is one street over from the Vocational side of Volunteer High School.

Johnson said that after he wrecked it he back yard of the Bernard Street residence he ran in the direction of the school. The location where he was eventually arrested is approximately 200 yards north of the school.

"He ran on foot and everybody lost sight of him for about 30 minutes,” Johnson added. “Then there was a neighbor who saw him walking right through her back yard. She dialed 911, and that gave us a definite address. The officers were all spread enough that they were able to close in on him.

Officers from the HCSO, MCPD, CHPD, and KPD reportedly tackled him and cuffed him in the front yard of a residence on Armstrong Drive, and he was tasered by the CHPD before he was subdued.

Police didn't find a gun, although officers were canvassing the neighborhood to see if they could locate it.

The suspect and his female passenger were arrested and taken to the Kingsport jail.

Check back with TimesNews.net for additional information as it becomes available.

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