Kingsport Times-News: Man reportedly hits Scott deputy with car, flees to Kingsport

Man reportedly hits Scott deputy with car, flees to Kingsport

Rain Smith • Dec 18, 2018 at 8:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A man allegedly struck a Scott County deputy with his car on Monday night, then fled police into Kingsport and ignited a three-hour standoff.

The officer was not hurt in the incident, and Gabriel I. Housewright, 27, was ultimately taken into custody in his basement. He faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault.

According to the Scott County Sheriff's Department, the incident began on Highway 23. A deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Housewright, whose license is suspended, but he continued driving for a couple of miles before pulling over.

When he did stop, the officer approached Housewright's vehicle on foot, and Housewright opened his driver's side door. Police say Housewright threw his vehicle in gear and abruptly accelerated, at which time the side of his car struck the deputy.

Housewright fled south. According to a Kingsport Police Department report, at 10:15 p.m., an officer spotted Housewright in Lynn Garden, where another pursuit ensued and led to Housewright's residence, 329 Lynn Ave. There, police say he jumped from his car and ran into the basement.

According to KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton, out of safety concerns, officers didn't pursue Housewright into the unknown environment. A perimeter was established around his home and police made multiple attempts to communicate with him.

After approximately three hours with no success, at 1:30 a.m., officers entered the basement and took Housewright into custody. He reportedly put up minor resistance at that time.

A search of Housewright's car allegedly located a .25-caliber handgun with a round in the chamber. Housewright also reportedly had several bullets in his pocket, one of which had "game over" written on it, and a single pill.

Along with aggravated assault, Housewright is charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm while committing a dangerous felony, simple drug possession and driving on a suspended license. He was booked into the city jail.

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