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Hawkins County 'domestic situation' ends with suspect being shot dead by Kingsport police

May 12th, 2012 10:08 am by Rick Wagner

Hawkins County 'domestic situation' ends with suspect being shot dead by Kingsport police

Kingsport police early Saturday morning shot and killed a man involved in a "domestic situation" in Hawkins County.

KINGSPORT — City police early Saturday morning shot and killed a man who had reportedly been involved in a “domestic situation” with shots fired in neighboring Hawkins County.


However, as of Saturday night authorities had not yet identified the man, and no information was available on the domestic situation that occurred before the shooting death.


The man drove into Kingsport, was stopped by police and about 30 minutes later pointed a handgun at police before officers fatally shot him at about 1:14 a.m., according to information from police in a news release. His identity was being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is conducting a probe into the shooting. Local police — Kingsport and Mount Carmel — did not return phone calls about the incident Saturday.


A narrative and news release distributed by Detective Cpl. Frank Light said that early Saturday morning Kingsport Police Department officers “were notified of a subject who was involved in a domestic situation in Hawkins County where shots were fired” and that he “was in route to Kingsport.”


The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office referred a question about the domestic situation to Mount Carmel Police, but no one could be reached for comment Saturday.


A BOLO — or be on lookout — was issued from Hawkins County and the description of the vehicle was broadcast.


The narrative listed an initial location of the suspect on Main Street, and the shooting incident occurred not far from there at Oak and Maple streets.


“KPD officers located the vehicle on Main Street at 12:36 a.m. and a traffic stop was initiated on this vehicle at 12:40 a.m. Officers conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle, due to the fact that he was possibly armed, and once stopped they attempted to contact the driver.”


The narrative said the driver failed to comply with officers’ verbal commands and that about 34 minutes after the traffic stop was initiated, officers approached the vehicle.


“As officers approached, the driver pointed a handgun at the officers and KPD officers fired their weapons at the suspect, fatally wounded him,” the narrative said.


“After the shots were fired, KPD officers attempted to assist the wounded suspect until EMS personnel arrived,” the narrative said, adding that the victim died at the scene from gunshot wounds.


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