KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Detectives Investigating Tuesday Evening Shooting Incident

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 Tuesday Evening Shooting Incident
DATE: May 27, 2020
CASE #: 20-011054
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 26, 2020, shortly after 9:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were dispatched to the 1600 block of G Street in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident. Responding Officers located Jeremy L. Smallwood lying in the roadway with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. Sullivan County E.M.S. transported Mr. Smallwood to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Tyjuan M. Marsh was detained at the scene and identified as the individual who shot Mr. Smallwood. Based upon the investigation thus far, it is believed that Mr. Smallwood was engaged in an argument with another individual (not named in this release) when Mr. Marsh produced a firearm and shot Mr. Smallwood.

Mr. Marsh was charged with Aggravated Assault and booked into the Kingsport City Jail. He has since been released after posting a $10,000 bond. As of the time of issuance of this release, Mr. Smallwood remains hospitalized in critical condition.

This remains an open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. As such, absolutely no further information will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Tyjuan M Marsh
Age Date of Birth 3/14/1997

23 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 871 Harwell Road NW

Atlanta, GA

Charge(s) Aggravated Assault

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Jeremy L. Smallwood
Age 36 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Rogersville, TN
Injuries Multiple Gunshot Wounds

Critical 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: K.P.D. Requesting Citizens Be on the Lookout for Missing Hawkins County Man

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. Requesting Citizens Be on the Lookout for Missing Hawkins County Man
DATE: May 22, 2020
CASE #: 20-010511
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the morning of May 19, 2020, Nicholas L. Massengill was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department by a family member who advised that he had not been seen or heard from by relatives, friends, or coworkers since April 27, 2020. While there is no known reason to suspect foul play at this time, being out of contact for an extended period of time such as this is reportedly out of character for him.

He was last seen on foot in the area of Brookside Drive in Kingsport, allegedly walking back toward his residence in the Surgoinsville area of Hawkins County. Mr. Massengill is a 38 year old white male. He is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs roughly 200 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. An array of photos is included with 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

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Nicholas L. Massengill
Age 38 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 9 inches

200 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Green Eyes

Residency Hawkins County, TN
Last Known Point of Contact April 27, 2020

Brookside 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 Honoring Fallen Officers During National Police Week

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Department Honoring Fallen Officers During National Police Week
DATE: May 13, 2020
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

This year, National Police Week takes place from May 10 through 16, 2020. Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center during National Police Week. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, no service will be able to take place this year.

In remembrance of, and as a tribute to our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the region, state, and nation, a wreath has been placed upon the Kingsport Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial and Eternal Flame, located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets in Downtown Kingsport. The flags overhead will also fly at half-staff throughout the week.

The local Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 is named in honor of two of the Kingsport Police Department’s Fallen Officers, Patrolman Ira H. Burgess and Patrolman John E. Mills, who were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty in 1950 and 1940 respectively. Information regarding these and all of K.P.D.’s Fallen Officers can be found in the following link:

https://www.KingsportTN.gov/Police-Department/Our-Fallen-Officers/

This year, the names of 307 officers killed in the line of duty will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. These 307 officers include 135 officers who were killed during 2019, plus 172 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now. The following inscription is found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty. It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

http://www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

https://www.ODMP.org

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: Serious Crash Investigation Underway on West Stone Drive (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Serious Crash Investigation Underway on West Stone Drive (Update)
DATE: May 13, 2020
CASE #: 20-010054
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On May 12, 2020 at approximately 11:20 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the 400 block of West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the incident, Crash Reconstructionists with the K.P.D. Traffic Unit were called to the scene. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A black 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 full-size pickup, pulling a utility trailer, was eastbound on West Stone Drive, in the center turn lane, preparing to make a left turn onto Teasel Drive. The pickup was driven and solely occupied by Christian J. Gibson (18 year old male of Church Hill).

Meanwhile, a blue 2006 Suzuki K6R sport motorcycle, operated and solely ridden by Tristan K. McConnell (24 year old male of Kingsport) was westbound on West Stone Drive approaching the same intersection. As the pickup attempted the left turn across the westbound lanes, the motorcycle crashed into it.

Mr. Gibson was not injured; however, Mr. McConnell was killed in the crash. Multiple independent witnesses reported seeing Mr. McConnell travelling at an excessive rate of speed with the front wheel of his motorcycle completely off of the pavement just prior to the collision.

This crash remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, further information neither can nor will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On May 12, 2020 at approximately 11:20 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the 400 block of West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the incident, Crash Reconstructionists with the K.P.D. Traffic Unit have been called to the scene.

Their investigation is just now beginning; therefore, no further details are available for release at this time. Additional information will be shared as it develops, but only at an appropriate point in the investigation. Due to the late hour, an update will likely not be available until sometime the following day at the earliest.

In the meantime, motorists are asked to plan ahead and seek an alternate route, so as to avoid any unnecessary hazards, congestion, or delays. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to exercise caution, be patient, and obey all traffic instructions for the safety of everyone involved.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Dodge
Model Ram 3500
Year 2001
Type Full-Size Pickup
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Christian J. Gibson
Age 18 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Church Hill, TN
Injuries No Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Suzuki
Model K6R
Year 2006
Type Sport Motorcycle
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tristan K. McConnell
Age 24 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, 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: Serious Crash Investigation Underway on West Stone Drive

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Serious Crash Investigation Underway on West Stone Drive
DATE: May 13, 2020
CASE #: 20-010054
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 12, 2020 at approximately 11:20 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the 400 block of West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the incident, Crash Reconstructionists with the K.P.D. Traffic Unit have been called to the scene.

Their investigation is just now beginning; therefore, no further details are available for release at this time. Additional information will be shared as it develops, but only at an appropriate point in the investigation. Due to the late hour, an update will likely not be available until sometime the following day at the earliest.

In the meantime, motorists are asked to plan ahead and seek an alternate route, so as to avoid any unnecessary hazards, congestion, or delays. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to exercise caution, be patient, and obey all traffic instructions for the safety of everyone involved.

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 Promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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 Promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
DATE: May 8, 2020
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Departmentis partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote motorcycle safety during the month of May, which is nationally recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Agencies participate by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the importance of sharing the road and looking twice for motorcyclists.

Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why it is the perfect time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders. All motorists need to know how to anticipate and respond to motorcyclists to avoid crashes.

According to the THSO, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 27 TIMES more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and FIVE TIMES more likely to be injured.

Here are a few safe driving tips to prevent crashing with a motorcycle:

• Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.

• Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.

• If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Motorcycle signals are often non-canceling. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.

• Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.

• Always allow ample follow distance – three to four seconds – when driving behind a motorcycle. This gives riders more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

According to preliminary data, there were 2,701 motorcycle crashes in Tennessee last year. Of those crashes, 166 were fatal.

Remember to Look Twice, and do your part to keep everyone safe on our roads.

For additional information on motorcycle safety, please visit:

https://tntrafficsafety.org/look-twice

or

https://tntrafficsafety.org/motorcycles

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 Burglars Who Stole Dirt Bikes and Weedeaters

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 Burglars Who Stole Dirt Bikes and Weedeaters
DATE: May 6, 2020
CASE #: 20-008338
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Sometime between April 13 and 16, 2020 an outbuilding behind a residence in the 1400 block of Sycamore Street in Kingsport was burglarized. During the burglary, nearly $4,500 in personal property was stolen. Among the stolen items were two Honda youth dirt bikes (one 110cc and one 50cc) and two Stihl string trimmers. A photo of the actual stolen dirt bikes has been provided with this release. (Please note that the individuals shown riding the dirt bikes ARE NOT the suspects.)

Two suspects (appear to be slim white males) and the vehicle in which they were traveling (appears to be a dark-colored compact car) were recorded by area surveillance cameras with blurry photos included in this release. A clip of the actual video footage, while of poor resolution, has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/EZBmL_IhNEM

Anyone who recognizes either of these suspects or their vehicle, spots or knows the location of any of the described stolen property, or has any additional information to assist with this investigation 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

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton