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Kingsport hit-and-run suspect had been on the lam for a month

Matthew Lane • Aug 29, 2018 at 9:26 AM

KINGSPORT — A Georgia man who police say nearly ran down a Kingsport officer on Monday is wanted on more than a dozen charges in his hometown area and has been on the run from law enforcement for more than a month.

Shannon Michael Carter, 25, of Braselton, Georgia, was arrested and charged with attempted criminal homicide and two counts of aggravated assault following a traffic stop on Truxton Drive in Kingsport around 10:45 a.m. on Monday.

Kingsport police stopped the 2011 Range Rover, driven by Carter, because the vehicle had been reported stolen from a residence in west Johnson City. When one of the officers stepped out of his cruiser, Carter allegedly put the Range Rover in reverse and sped toward him, pinning him between the two vehicles.

Police said Carter then fled the scene and led officers on a lengthy pursuit, eventually crashing in the backyard of a residence in Hawkins County. Church Hill police apprehended him near Volunteer High School.

Other charges placed against Carter include possession of stolen property over $10,000, felony evading arrest, reckless driving, alteration of a license plate and not having a license. He’s currently being held in the Kingsport city jail.

ON THE RUN

According to Jackson County (Georgia) Sheriff Janis Mangum, her department has been looking for Carter for more than a month.

“I’m just so thankful they got him and he’s off the streets. I was afraid someone would have been killed by his actions,” Mangum said. “He just doesn’t care and has no regard for anything.”

Carter has been on the run from law enforcement since a July 22 incident in Jackson County. Mangum said during a routine traffic stop, a lady pulled her vehicle into the driveway of a residence where Carter and 33-year-old Joshua Martin of Buford, Georgia, were staying.

Martin and Carter then attempted to flee the scene in a vehicle, ramming the deputy’s parked cruiser in order to get away, Mangum said.

“A three-county chase started at that time and we chased them to Gwinnett County. The driver (Martin) was apprehended, and that’s when Carter ran,” Mangum said. Both Jackson County and the U.S. Marshal’s Office have been looking for Carter ever since.

“He’s been involved in criminal activity since a very young age,” Mangum said. “I can remember some juvenile cases when he was as young as 14. That’s what he does.”

According to a 2010 story in the Barrow News Journal, Carter was one of three men arrested for burglary after attempting to break down the door of a woman they claimed they were trying to rescue. Carter was 17 at the time of the incident.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Carter was arraigned in sessions court in Kingsport on Tuesday and is being held without bond. He was scheduled to be transferred to the Sullivan County Jail on Tuesday evening.

Tom Patton, public information officer for the Kingsport Police Department, did not release the name of the KPD officer struck by the Range Rover on Monday, noting that the department does not release the names of victims of crime. Patton did say the officer was at home, resting from the incident.

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