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June 11th, 2013 7:53 am by Rain Smith

Update: Girlfriend of man shot by KPD charged with filing false report

2011 mugshot of Jeffrey Chase Caldwell from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

Update: 3:12 p.m.

Kingsport police have confirmed the arrest of a woman whose boyfriend was shot by officers on Tuesday morning.

KPD spokesperson Officer Tom Patton says Kelly Gardner was charged in the incident — which occurred at her parents' Watauga Street home — with filing a false police report.

Due to a probe into the incident by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, as is protocol in any shooting involving officers, additional information on her arrest is currently not available.

Update: 11:35 a.m.

Kingsport police have shot an armed and wanted man after a lengthy Tuesday morning standoff at a city residence, with witnesses saying the suspect refused to come off a roof for negotiating officers.


The man, identified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as Jeffrey Chase Caldwell, 25, allegedly made several statements about hurting himself and officers  —  then made "threatening gestures" with the unspecified weapon.

That solicited gunfire from police. Caldwell was shot once in the abdomen. He was scheduled to undergo surgery at Holston Valley Medical Center, where he was in serious condition on Tuesday afternoon.

As per protocol in officer-involved shootings, the TBI has been contacted to investigate the incident. It began at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Watauga Street, when Kingsport police were alerted to Caldwell being in the area.

TBI Spokesperson Kristin Helm says Caldwell is wanted on outstanding warrants related to thefts in Hawkins and Sullivan counties. He was located at 1357 Watauga St., which Helm identifies as the home of his girlfriend's parents. Those parents were reportedly out of town at the time of the incident, while Caldwell's girlfriend was present.

When confronted by police, Caldwell reportedly went onto the back roof of the residence with a weapon, which both the TBI and KPD have declined to identify. Helm says that while on the roof Caldwell stated he would not "go back to jail."

Kingsport Police Department spokesperson Officer Tom Patton says Caldwell was shot approximately two and a half hours into the standoff after making "threatening gestures toward the officers with the weapon."

Multiple neighbors identified the home as the residence of former Ridgefields Country Club golf pro David Gardner. Randall Housewright, the Gardners' next door neighbor, says he was awakened by a commotion early Tuesday morning and looked out his window.

For approximately an hour he allegedly watched police trying to talk the "incoherent" suspect off a lower roof of the home.

"I was very impressed by how patient they were," said Housewright of the police actions. "Most people wouldn't have been when dealing with that situation."

Housewright says he grew tired of watching the test in patience, went back to bed and awoke later to find detectives surrounding the home. He didn't hear any shots during the night.

The TBI says the daughter of the out of town residents was arrested in the incident by Kingsport police. The TBI does not release the names of officers involved in shootings, and the KPD also declined to release any additional information about the incident at this time.

The TBI is continuing to investigate the shooting. The findings will be handed over to Sullivan County District Attorney Gen. Barry Staubus.

Update: 10:28 a.m.

Police say they have shot an armed and wanted man after a lengthy Tuesday morning standoff at a Kingsport residence, with witnesses saying the suspect refused to come off the roof of the home for negotiating officers.

The man, who Kingsport police have declined to identify, allegedly made several statements about hurting himself and officers, then made "threatening gestures" with the unspecified weapon. That solicited gunfire from police that struck the suspect in the abdomen, with him receiving treatment for the wounds at an area hospital.

The incident began at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Watauga Street, when police were alerted to a wanted man being in the area. Kingsport Police Spokesperson Officer Tom Patton refused to identify the "wanted" individual, or specify his charges and weapon allegedly wielded.

The man was located at 1357 Watauga Street, which neighbors identify as the home of former Ridgefields Country Club golf pro David Gardner. Area residents say both he and his wife were not home when the incident occurred.

Randall Housewright, the Gardners' next door neighbor, says he was awakened by a commotion early Tuesday morning and looked out his window. For approximately an hour he allegedly watched police trying to talk the "incoherent" suspect off a lower roof at the back of the Gardners' home.

"I was very impressed by how patient they were," said Housewright. "Most people wouldn't have been when dealing with that situation."

Housewright says he grew tired of watching the test in patience, went back to bed and awoke Tuesday morning to find detectives surrounding the home. He didn't hear any shots during the night.

Kingsport police have declined to confirm or deny if the suspect was on the roof of the residence. Officer Patton says he was shot approximately two and a half hours into standoff, after making, "threatening gestures toward the officers with the weapon."

TBI investigations into officer shooting can be lengthy, with Patton saying it could be some time before more information is released from Kingsport Police.

Update: 9:10 a.m.

Kingsport police officials say they received information at 1:40 a.m. that a possibly wanted individual was at a residence in the 1300 block of Watauga Street. 

Shortly thereafter, KPD patrol officers responded to the house and found the individual in question who "produced a weapon and a lengthy standoff ensued," according to police reports.

Police said that over the next two and a half hours, the subject made repeated threats to harm both the officers and himself.  At approximately 4:30 a.m., police say the individual made threatening gestures toward the officers with the weapon and was subsequently shot by a KPD officer. The subject was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Update: 8:40 a.m.

Kingsport police have shot an individual during an early Tuesday morning arrest attempt.

Details are still being gathered in the incident, which occurred in the 1300 block of Watauga Street.  

Sullivan County District Attorney Gen. Barry Staubus says the person shot by police was transported to the hospital for treatment, while the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been called to the scene.

As per protocol, anytime an officer is involved in a shooting the TBI is called to investigate.

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

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Kingsport police are investigating a reported shooting early today on Watauga Street. 

At about 7:30 a.m. the light green house in the 1300 block of Watauga Street had all the trappings of a crime scene: Yellow "Do Not Cross" tape in front of the house, and police vehicles parked in the driveway.

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