Robert C. Arnold
KINGSPORT — A shooting incident Saturday afternoon resulted in one arrest and prompted Kingsport police to advise the public against confronting a person who is driving or behaving in an aggressive or confrontational manner.
Around 4:40 p.m. Saturday two teenage girls were driving to a residence on Noble Street when they noticed a motorist driving a gray Cadillac sedan tailgating them.
KPD public relations officer Thomas M. Patton stated in a report that the girls didn’t know the alleged tailgater, Robert C. Arnold, 41, 996 Tranbarger Drive, Kingsport, and had no previous contact with Arnold.
“As the girls parked alongside the street, Arnold threw a can at their vehicle,” Patton said. “The girls went inside the residence, but a few minutes later they left again. As they approached the intersection of Duke Street and Granby Road, they observed Arnold standing on the corner outside of his vehicle holding a handgun at his side.”
The girls then reportedly went home and told some adults, including the father of one of the girls.
The father and another individual reportedly got into the car with the girls and went to find Arnold.
“They found him sitting in his Cadillac, stopped at the intersection of Duke Street and Clouds Ford Road,” Patton said. “They stopped, and the father exited the vehicle and approached the Cadillac in an attempt to speak with Arnold. As the father approached the Cadillac, Mr. Arnold raised a handgun and fired three shots out the passenger window of the Cadillac toward not only the father, but also toward all of the occupants of the victims’ vehicle. The victims left the intersection and went home to call the police.”
KPD Officer Aaron Grimes responded to the area and located the Cadillac traveling on Duke Street. Grimes conducted a traffic stop at 1801 Granby Road and took Arnold into custody.
Detective Tommy Arnold took over the investigation, and later charged Arnold with four counts of aggravated assault.
As of Sunday Arnold remained held at the Kingsport City Jail on a bond of $30,000.
Patton said the KPD wishes to stress the importance of using caution and discretion in these types of incidents.
Among the tips offered by the KPD are:
• If you suspect you are being followed, don’t go home. Drive to a well-lit public place, preferably the police department. In the meantime, use your cell phone to call the police.
• If an individual is driving or behaving in an aggressive or confrontational manner, call the police immediately.
• If at all possible, do not confront the individual yourself, especially if you have reason to believe that the individual is armed. Instead, call the police, who are trained and equipped to deal with these situations.