KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Searching for Wanted Registered Sex Offender (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Searching for Wanted Registered Sex Offender (Update)
DATE: August 13, 2020
CASE #: 20-002200 (Sexual Exploitation of a Minor)

20-012145 (Violation of the Sex Offender Registry)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On the evening of August 12, 2020 Miles C. Mullins was arrested by Kingsport Police Patrol Officers without incident. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains confined, pending arraignment, in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville.

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department is requesting citizen tips to help locate Miles C. Mullins. Mr. Mullins is a registered sex offender and is currently wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for 1) Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Child Pornography), 2) Violation of the Sex Offender Registry (2 counts), and 3) Failure to Appear in Criminal Court.

Anyone who sees him or may know where he can be located is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Miles C. Mullins
Age Date of Birth 6/3/1976

44 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 4 inches

160 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black Hair

Brown Eyes

Residency 3408 Thornton Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Child Pornography)

2) Violation of the Sex Offender Registry (2 counts)

3) Failure to Appear in Criminal Court

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Searching for Wanted Suspect in Child Pornography Investigation (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Searching for Wanted Suspect in Child Pornography Investigation (Update)
DATE: August 12, 2020
CASE #: 19-007801

20-000858

20-002202

20-004603

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On the afternoon of August 12, 2020, Curtis D. Squires was arrested without incident. As of the time of issuance of this news release he remains confined in the Kingsport City Jail pending arraignment.

As previously released:

On July 15, 2020 Curtis D. Squires was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury which returned a true bill, charging him with 6 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor/Distribution of Child Pornography. This indictment follows an extensive, over one-year-long, investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, Mr. Squires remains wanted and at large. He is a 21 year old white male adult. He is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs roughly 130 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He is currently listed as transient/homeless; however, he has ties to both the Kingsport/Sullivan County and Erwin/Unicoi County areas.

A photograph is included in this release. Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

Due to the sensitive nature of this type of investigation, no additional details are able to be released.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Curtis D. Squires
Age Date of Birth 11/6/1998

21 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 7 inches

130 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Residency Transient/Homeless

Ties to Kingsport/Sullivan County and Erwin/Unicoi County

Charge(s) Sexual Exploitation of a Minor/Distribution of Child Pornography (6 counts)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Searching for Wanted Suspect in Child Pornography Investigation

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Searching for Wanted Suspect in Child Pornography Investigation
DATE: August 12, 2020
CASE #: 19-007801

20-000858

20-002202

20-004603

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 15, 2020 Curtis D. Squires was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury which returned a true bill, charging him with 6 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor/Distribution of Child Pornography. This indictment follows an extensive, over one-year-long, investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, Mr. Squires remains wanted and at large. He is a 21 year old white male adult. He is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs roughly 130 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He is currently listed as transient/homeless; however, he has ties to both the Kingsport/Sullivan County and Erwin/Unicoi County areas.

A photograph is included in this release. Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

Due to the sensitive nature of this type of investigation, no additional details are able to be released.

WANTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Curtis D. Squires
Age Date of Birth 11/6/1998

21 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 7 inches

130 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Residency Transient/Homeless

Ties to Kingsport/Sullivan County and Erwin/Unicoi County

Charge(s) Sexual Exploitation of a Minor/Distribution of Child Pornography (6 counts)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Missing Teenagers (Foul Play Not Suspected)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Missing Teenagers(Foul Play Not Suspected)
DATE: August 11, 2020
CASE #: 20-017038
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is requesting public input to help locate two missing teenagers. Haydin Salter (13 year old female) and Caitlin Russell (14 year old female) were reported missing on August 10, 2020. They were both last seen in the 400 block of New Beason Well Road in Kingsport.

While investigators have no reason to suspect foul play in either case, based on their minor age, every possible effort is being made to locate them. Photos and descriptions of each juvenile have been included in this release.

Anyone who sees either of them or may possibly know their current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE #1 INFORMATION
Name Haydin Salter
Age 13 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 4 inches

175 pounds

Hair/Eyes Blonde Hair

Blue Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Description Black shirt

Black shorts

No shoes

Last Known Location 400 block of New Beason Well Road

Kingsport, TN

MISSING JUVENILE #2 INFORMATION
Name Caitlin Russell
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

125 pounds

Hair/Eyes Blonde Hair

Hazel Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Description Green Shirt

Red Leggings

No shoes

Last Known Location 400 block of New Beason Well Road

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Missing 16 Year Olds in Unrelated Cases (Foul Play Not Suspected)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Missing 16 Year Olds in Unrelated Cases (Foul Play Not Suspected)
DATE: August 11, 2020
CASE #: 20-016721 (Kaley Wells)

20-016735 (Bryson Burchett)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is requesting public input to help locate two missing 16 year olds. On August 6, 2020, Kayley N. Wells was reported as a missing juvenile to K.P.D. In an unrelated case filed on the same date, Bryson A. Burchett was also reported as a missing juvenile to K.P.D.

While investigators have no reason to suspect foul play in either case, based on their minor age, every possible effort is being made to locate them. Photos and descriptions of each juvenile have been included in this release.

Anyone who sees either of them or may possibly know their current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE #1 INFORMATION
Name Kaley N. Wells
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/Black
Height/

Weight

5 feet 11 inches

270 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black Hair with Blonde Highlights

Brown Eyes

Residency Gray, TN
Clothing Description Long-sleeve pastel tie-dye shirt that reads “Save the Turtles”

Black shorts

Last Known Location 3100 Block of Tiffany Court

Kingsport, TN

MISSING JUVENILE #2 INFORMATION
Name Bryson A. Burchett
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 6 inches

122 pounds

Hair/Eyes Blonde Hair

Blue Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Description None given
Last Known Location 4200 Block of Fort Henry Drive

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Department Solves 2003 Unidentified Remains Cold Case

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Department Solves 2003 Unidentified Remains Cold Case
DATE: August 6, 2020
CASE #: 03-025624
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Detectives with the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division have successfully solved an unidentified remains cold case that has been under persistent investigation for the past seventeen years.

The case began for K.P.D. on August 11, 2003 when unidentified human remains were discovered in the Holston River, adjacent to Riverfront Park, along the 1800 block of Netherland Inn Road in Kingsport. A previously released narrative (included at the end of this release) provides a detailed outline of the investigation throughout the years that followed.

The case was originally assigned to K.P.D. Detective David Joe Cole, who facilitated a clay model forensic rendering of the decedent. Following Detective Cole’s retirement, the case was transferred to Detective Sergeant Martin Taylor, who facilitated an updated artistic forensic rendering of the decedent. Numerous leads were diligently followed up on through the years, but none ever led to a positive identification of the decedent.

On June 16, 2020 K.P.D. Detectives received information that a private citizen was researching missing persons cases as a hobby and had noticed some striking similarities between this unidentified remains cold case and a missing person cold case reported to the Charleston, West Virginia Police Department after a man had gone missing in that jurisdiction on August 4, 2003.

After further investigation, K.P.D. Detectives were able to locate and interview a relative of the missing person from Charleston, WV. This relative provided a familial DNA sample which was then compared to a DNA sample taken from the unidentified human remains found in Kingsport. While DNA analysis existed in 2003, this technology has continued to see significant advancements and improve dramatically throughout the years.

The DNA comparison was conclusive, resulting in a positive identification of the human remains as Jerry D. Holbert of Charleston, West Virginia. At the time of his unexplained disappearance, Mr. Holbert was 64 years of age and reportedly suffered from dementia. He is believed to have left his residence, walking toward the bus station, with plans to visit a relative in Ohio. When he didn’t arrive at his intended destination, he was reported missing.

It is unknown how or why Mr. Holbert ended up in Kingsport, but it is suspected that he might have mistakenly boarded the wrong bus due to his dementia. The circumstances surrounding how he ultimately ended up in the Holston River remain a mystery, but based upon the investigation and autopsy, foul play is not now, nor was it ever suspected.

Mr. Holbert’s next of kin have been notified. It is our hope that this helps bring some closure to his family, friends, and loved ones.

For comparison purposes, photos of the 2004 clay model forensic rendering, the 2018 artistic forensic rendering, and an actual photograph of Jerry D. Holbert have all been included in this release.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who were instrumental in bringing this case to a conclusion:

– Margaret Press with the DNA Doe Project, Sebastopol, California

– Colleen Fitzpatrick with Identifiers International

– Laura Beth Parsons, MD with the East Tennessee State University—William L. Jenkins Forensic Center

– Dixie Peters, Amy Jenkinson, and Todd Matthews with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

– Joanna Hughes, Forensic Artist for the Clay Model Forensic Rendering in 2004

– Catyana Falsetti and Terrie Simmons-Ehrhardt with George Mason University for the updated Artistic Forensic Rendering in 2018

– Patty Williams Childress of Jones, Oklahoma for her Amateur Research into Missing Persons Cold Cases

– Dr. Lee Meadows Jantz with the University of Tennessee Department of Anthropology

– Detective Sergeant Martin Taylor and the late Detective David Joe Cole with the Kingsport Police Department for their diligent work on this case throughout the years

As previously released on June 13, 2018:

The Kingsport Police Department is hoping that releasing recently obtained forensic artwork, and bringing some renewed attention to an unsolved 2003 unidentified human remains investigation, may help bring closure to the case.

On the morning of August 11, 2003 a woman called Kingsport Central Dispatch in reference to a suspicious object that she had seen in the Holston River, while bicycling through Riverfront Park, along the 1800 block of Netherland Inn Road. Another citizen soon approached first responders, telling them that he had seen the same object in the river the previous morning (August 10, 2003), but was unsure of what exactly it was.

The object was located approximately 20 yards off shore and approximately 75 yards downstream from the viewing point. Through the use of binoculars, responding Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were able to identify the object in question as human remains.

The Kingsport Fire Department’s Swiftwater Rescue Team responded and worked with Officers to photograph the remains and ultimately retrieve and relocate them to the shoreline. Due to extensive time in the water and the advanced level of decomposition, the decedent was no longer recognizable. The case was turned over to the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division.

The remains were sent to Holston Valley Medical Center for initial inspection, and then forwarded to East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City for autopsy. The autopsy report revealed that the remains had been in the water for approximately 7-10 days. There was no indication of trauma or foul play, and the probable cause of death was determined to be drowning.

The decedent was believed to have been a white male adult with gray or partly gray hair, approximately 40-80 years old, measuring 6 feet tall, and weighing an estimated 180 pounds. When his remains were recovered, he was wearing a white button up shirt with blue and burgundy stripes, blue jeans, black shoes, and a two-tone silver and gold watch with a black face.

There was no form of identification found with the remains. The only clue that Detectives had to go on was a BB&T bank envelope, containing $267 cash, found in the decedent’s pocket. At the time, there were no BB&T bank locations in Kingsport, with the closest branches being in Saltville and Chilhowie, Virginia and Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The remains were ultimately transferred to the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Department in Knoxville. In June 2004, anthropologists provided Detectives with a clay model rendition providing their best scientific guess as to what the decedent possibly looked like.

All of this information, including a photo of the clay model, was released to the public via the media at the time, and then again several times over the years that followed. While several leads were developed during that time, all have been thoroughly investigated and exhausted, and none have led to the positive identification of the decedent.

This case has also been featured on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) online database, which is accessible via the following link:

https://namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/1546

Thanks to advancements in forensic science, K.P.D. Detectives have recently received a new forensic artist interpretation of the decedent which they hope may help to develop new leads in this cold case investigation. This, like the earlier clay model rendition, is a best scientific guess as to what the decedent possibly looked like.

The artwork was completed and donated by Catyana Falsetti, who is a forensic artist with Project EDAN (Everyone Deserves a Name). The artwork was submitted to NamUs through its headquarters at the University of North Texas, Center for Human Identification, Forensic Services Unit, who in turn forwarded it to K.P.D. Detectives.

This recent forensic artist interpretation of the decent has been included with this release. Detectives are asking for people to view this image, with the understanding that this is what the decedent might have possibly looked like fifteen years ago around the time of his death.

Anyone who recognizes the face depicted in this image, or who may have any additional information which may help solve this case, is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111. Any and all tips and leads will be greatly appreciated and thoroughly investigated.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Suspect Apprehended in Virginia Following Fatal Hit and Run Collision on Interstate 26 in Kingsport

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Apprehended in Virginia Following Fatal Hit and Run Collision on Interstate 26 in Kingsport
DATE: August 4, 2020
CASE #: 20-016542
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 4, 2020 shortly after 12:00 Noon, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on Interstate 26/U.S. 23 near the West Stone Drive interchange in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the incident, Crash Reconstructionists with the K.P.D. Traffic Unit were called to the scene to investigate. Their findings thus far are as follows:

A work crew was operating out of a white 2012 Ford F-550 truck owned by South East Mowing, LLC of Blountville. The F-550 was parked completely off the paved surface in the grass median on the westbound side of I-26/U.S 23. One member of the work crew was inside the F-550 as a passenger. Another member of the work crew, Stephen Colby Blackmon, was standing to the side of the F-550 adjacent to the roadway, but in the grass median completely off the pavement.

Meanwhile, a white 2014 Ford F-150 pickup, driven and solely occupied by Christopher C. Muraski, was westbound on I-26/U.S 23. Muraski’s F-150 veered off the left side of the roadway, side-swiped the F-550, and then struck Mr. Blackmon who was ultimately killed by the impact.

Mr. Muraski did not stop, but rather continued along U.S. 23 into the State of Virginia. Thanks to excellent communication by an eyewitness, the F-150 was located and stopped by the Weber City Police Department, and Mr. Muraski was arrested by that agency on independent but related charge(s). Specific inquiries regarding his arrest or his charge(s) in Virginia will be referred to the Weber City Police Department.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank the witness and the Weber City Police Department for their invaluable assistance with Mr. Muraski’s apprehension.

The investigation into this crash remains active and ongoing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending. As such, additional details neither can, nor will, be released at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model F-150
Year 2014
Type Full-Size Pickup
Color White
Damage Damaged but Drivable
Driver/

Suspect

Name Christopher C. Muraski
Age 41 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Knoxville, TN
Injuries No Injury
Injuries Pending
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model F-550
Year 2012
Type Full-Size Truck
Color White
Damage Damaged but Drivable
Owner South East Mowing, LLC

Blountville, TN

Driver Name No Driver
Age N/A
Gender/Race N/A
Residency N/A
Injuries N/A
Passenger Name Tanda L. Wright
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
PEDESTRIAN/VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Stephen Colby Blackmon
Age 35 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Johnson City, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing/Endangered Man (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing/Endangered Man (Update)
DATE: July 29, 2020
CASE #: 20-015250
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Ronald D. Hammonds has been located safe and is no longer consider missing or endangered. He has been removed from the NCIC database.

As previously released:

Ronald D. Hammonds was recently reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department by a family member. No one has reportedly seen or heard from him since late April 2020.

Based upon his unexplained and extended disappearance, coupled with concerning factors in his personal and medical history, he has been classified as missing and endangered. He has been entered into the NCIC database accordingly.

A photograph and description have been included in this release. Anyone who sees him or who otherwise may know his current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING/ENDANGERED PERSON INFORMATION
Name Ronald D. Hammonds
Age 60 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 10 inches

190 pounds

Hair/Eyes Gray or Graying Hair

Blue Eyes

Residency Homeless

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Detectives Investigating Shooting Incident at Miller Village Apartments (Update #2)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Detectives Investigating Shooting Incident at Miller Village Apartments (Update #2)
DATE: July 28, 2020
CASE #: 20-015676
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update #2: Both suspects in the July 22, 2020 Miller Village Apartments shooting incident are now in custody. Dakota Shelton and his unnamed juvenile accomplice turned themselves in to the Kingsport Police Department today without incident. As of the time of issuance of this news release, they remain incarcerated pending arraignment.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation; therefore, no additional details will be released at this time.

As previously released:

Update: The July 22, 2020 shooting incident at Miller Village Apartments in Kingsport has been under extensive investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division since the date it occurred. As a result, two suspects (one adult and one juvenile) have been identified and charges have been filed.

A warrant has been obtained, charging Dakota Shelton (19 years of age) with Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault (2 counts), and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony.

A juvenile petition has been obtained, charging a 17 year old male juvenile accomplice with Aggravated Assault. Due to privacy laws regarding juvenile offenders, his identity will not be publicly released at this time.

Both suspects remain wanted and at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.

The pair are believed to possibly be traveling in a red 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2-door coupe displaying Tennessee registration BTH-797. A photograph of Mr. Shelton, as well as a stock photo of a similar vehicle, have been included in this release.

Anyone who sees Mr. Shelton (possibly accompanied by a 17 year old black male juvenile) or their vehicle or may possibly know where they can be located is asked to promptly contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

The 32 year old gunshot victim has since been discharged from the hospital.

As this remains an active and ongoing investigation, no additional details will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On July 22, 2020 at approximately 10:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to Miller Village Apartments, located at 3844 Eastline Drive in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident. Upon arrival they located two seriously injured victims outside one of the apartment buildings. Both victims had reportedly been assaulted inside one of the apartments.

One of the victims, a 22 year old male, had suffered severe lacerations from allegedly being “pistol whipped,” while the other victim, a 32 year old male, had sustained a gunshot wound. Both victims were transported to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. The 22 year old male was treated and released; however, as of the time of issuance of this release, the 32 year old male remains hospitalized in serious condition.

This incident remains under active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division with charges pending. As such, no further details, to include possible motive(s), suspect name(s), and/or description(s), will be released at this time. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available, but only at an appropriate point in the investigation.

WANTED SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Dakota Shelton
Age Date of Birth 5/30/2001

19 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Last Known Address 1261 East Center Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Attempted First Degree Murder

2) Aggravated Assault (2 counts)

3) Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

WANTED SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Privacy Laws for Juvenile Offenders
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Last Known Address Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) Aggravated Assault
SUSPECT VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Monte Carlo
Year 2001
Type 2-Door Coupe
Color Red
License # Tennessee BTH-797
Other Stock Photo of Similar Vehicle Included

VICTIM #1 INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 22 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Severe Lacerations/Treated and Released
VICTIM #2 INFORMATION
Name Not Released
Age 32 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Gunshot Wound/Hospitalized in Serious Condition
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing/Endangered Man

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing/Endangered Man
DATE: July 28, 2020
CASE #: 20-015250
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Ronald D. Hammonds was recently reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department by a family member. No one has reportedly seen or heard from him since late April 2020.

Based upon his unexplained and extended disappearance, coupled with concerning factors in his personal and medical history, he has been classified as missing and endangered. He has been entered into the NCIC database accordingly.

A photograph and description have been included in this release. Anyone who sees him or who otherwise may know his current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING/ENDANGERED PERSON INFORMATION
Name Ronald D. Hammonds
Age 60 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 10 inches

190 pounds

Hair/Eyes Gray or Graying Hair

Blue Eyes

Residency Homeless

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton