K.P.D. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive (Update #4)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive (Update #4)
DATE: December 6, 2019
CASE #: 19-028637
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update #4: Subsequent to the investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division into the shots fired incident on Lovedale Drive, Detectives have determined that Michael H. Byrd called 9-1-1 and then fired multiple gunshots while inside his apartment, located at 501 Lovedale Drive in Kingsport.

These gunshots were heard over the phone by the Dispatcher as well as in person by the first responding Officer. Some of the rounds exited Mr. Byrd’s apartment and entered an occupied apartment across the hall. Additional neighboring apartments were also occupied at the time of the incident. Nobody appears to have been struck by any of the gunfire.

Detectives obtained a warrant, charging Mr. Byrd with Felony Reckless Endangerment. On December 6, 2019 at approximately 7:15 PM, he was booked into the Kingsport City Jail. He has since been transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, where he will remain confined, pending arraignment, in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

The reasoning behind the initial 9-1-1 call that was placed by Mr. Byrd as well as any possible motivator for the shots that he fired remain part of an active criminal investigation. As such, no further details are available for release at this time.

As previously released:

Update #3: The suspect in this incident has been identified as Michael H. Byrd (45 year old white male of Kingsport). He has been taken to an area medical facility for a mental status evaluation.

This remains an active criminal investigation with charges pending. As such, no further details will be released at this time.

As previously released:

Update #2: The suspect is now in custody. Officers are in the process of reopening adjacent roadways and clearing the scene.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

As previously released:

Update: The investigation thus far into the reported shots fired on Lovedale Drive has revealed the following:

For unknown reasons, an adult male suspect fired multiple gunshots either inside or in close proximity to a small apartment building, located in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive. The suspect is believed to still be inside the apartment. At this time, Officers have no reason to believe anyone was stuck by any of the gunfire.

Multiple officers and tactical units are on scene, and a perimeter has been established. For safety reasons, neighboring residents are being evacuated while Officers work toward a resolution.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

As previously released:

On December 6, 2019 at approximately 6:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive in Kingsport. Officers are currently in the process of investigating that incident.

In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, some adjacent roadways have been temporarily closed for safety. These closures include the entirety of Lovedale Drive and the section of Clinchfield Street from Center Street to Stone Drive. Citizens are asked to plan ahead and avoid the area for the time being.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Michael H. Byrd
Age Date of Birth 12/29/1973

45 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 501 Lovedale Drive, Apartment A

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Felony Reckless Endangerment

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

K.P.D. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive (Update #3)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive (Update #3)
DATE: December 6, 2019
CASE #: 19-028637
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update #3: The suspect in this incident has been identified as Michael H. Byrd (45 year old white male of Kingsport). He has been taken to an area medical facility for a mental status evaluation.

This remains an active criminal investigation with charges pending. As such, no further details will be released at this time.

As previously released:

Update #2: The suspect is now in custody. Officers are in the process of reopening adjacent roadways and clearing the scene.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

As previously released:

Update: The investigation thus far into the reported shots fired on Lovedale Drive has revealed the following:

For unknown reasons, an adult male suspect fired multiple gunshots either inside or in close proximity to a small apartment building, located in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive. The suspect is believed to still be inside the apartment. At this time, Officers have no reason to believe anyone was stuck by any of the gunfire.

Multiple officers and tactical units are on scene, and a perimeter has been established. For safety reasons, neighboring residents are being evacuated while Officers work toward a resolution.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

As previously released:

On December 6, 2019 at approximately 6:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive in Kingsport. Officers are currently in the process of investigating that incident.

In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, some adjacent roadways have been temporarily closed for safety. These closures include the entirety of Lovedale Drive and the section of Clinchfield Street from Center Street to Stone Drive. Citizens are asked to plan ahead and avoid the area for the time being.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Michael H. Byrd
Age Date of Birth 12/29/1973

45 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 501 Lovedale Drive, Apartment A

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Pending
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. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive (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: K.P.D. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive (Update #2)
DATE: December 6, 2019
CASE #: 19-028637
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update #2: The suspect is now in custody. Officers are in the process of reopening adjacent roadways and clearing the scene.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

As previously released:

Update: The investigation thus far into the reported shots fired on Lovedale Drive has revealed the following:

For unknown reasons, an adult male suspect fired multiple gunshots either inside or in close proximity to a small apartment building, located in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive. The suspect is believed to still be inside the apartment. At this time, Officers have no reason to believe anyone was stuck by any of the gunfire.

Multiple officers and tactical units are on scene, and a perimeter has been established. For safety reasons, neighboring residents are being evacuated while Officers work toward a resolution.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

As previously released:

On December 6, 2019 at approximately 6:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive in Kingsport. Officers are currently in the process of investigating that incident.

In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, some adjacent roadways have been temporarily closed for safety. These closures include the entirety of Lovedale Drive and the section of Clinchfield Street from Center Street to Stone Drive. Citizens are asked to plan ahead and avoid the area for the time being.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive (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. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive (Update)
DATE: December 6, 2019
CASE #: 19-028637
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: The investigation thus far into the reported shots fired on Lovedale Drive has revealed the following:

For unknown reasons, an adult male suspect fired multiple gunshots either inside or in close proximity to a small apartment building, located in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive. The suspect is believed to still be inside the apartment. At this time, Officers have no reason to believe anyone was stuck by any of the gunfire.

Multiple officers and tactical units are on scene, and a perimeter has been established. For safety reasons, neighboring residents are being evacuated while Officers work toward a resolution.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

As previously released:

On December 6, 2019 at approximately 6:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive in Kingsport. Officers are currently in the process of investigating that incident.

In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, some adjacent roadways have been temporarily closed for safety. These closures include the entirety of Lovedale Drive and the section of Clinchfield Street from Center Street to Stone Drive. Citizens are asked to plan ahead and avoid the area for the time being.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive

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. Investigating Report of Shots Fired on Lovedale Drive
DATE: December 6, 2019
CASE #: 19-028637
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 6, 2019 at approximately 6:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive in Kingsport. Officers are currently in the process of investigating that incident.

In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, some adjacent roadways have been temporarily closed for safety. These closures include the entirety of Lovedale Drive and the section of Clinchfield Street from Center Street to Stone Drive. Citizens are asked to plan ahead and avoid the area for the time being.

No further details are available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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 Arrested for Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication Following Investigation into September 2019 Fatal I-26 Crash

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Arrested for Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication Following Investigation into September 2019 Fatal I-26 Crash
DATE: December 4, 2019
CASE #: 19-020414 (Crash Report)

19-028450 (Incident Report)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 1, 2019, at approximately 5:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision on westbound Interstate 26 near mile-marker 6 (Rock Springs Road exit) in Kingsport. Based on the seriousness of the injuries to those involved, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was called to the scene to investigate. Their initial findings at the time were as follows:

A dark blue 2008 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, driven and solely occupied by Margaret C. Buck of Johnson City, TN, was lawfully traveling westbound on I-26 near mile-marker 6. Meanwhile, a black 2005 Mercedes C230 4-door sedan, driven and solely occupied by Zachary D. Hunt of Unicoi, TN, was unlawfully traveling the wrong way, eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-26, at the same location.

The Mercedes struck the Honda in a head-on impact. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment, Mr. Hunt with non-incapacitating injuries, but Ms. Buck with serious/incapacitating injuries. The westbound lanes of Interstate 26 were completely closed for over three hours to allow for the initial treatment and transportation of the injured, the thorough investigation of the crash, and the safe removal of any and all involved vehicles and related debris.

The following day, on September 2, 2019 at approximately 9:00 PM, Margaret C. Buck succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and died while still hospitalized. This has remained an active ongoing investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit since the date of the crash. Early in the investigation, it was determined that Mr. Hunt entered Interstate 26 in his black Mercedes sedan going the wrong way (eastbound in the westbound lanes) via an I-26 exit (rather than entrance) ramp at the intersection of John B. Dennis Highway and Wilcox Drive.

Based on officer observations, witness statements, and evidence found at the scene, Investigators had sufficient cause to believe that alcohol consumption by Mr. Hunt was a significant factor in the crash. A warrant was obtained for a blood sample which was in turn sent to the T.B.I Crime Lab for analysis. The results received on October 2, 2019 revealed that Mr. Hunt had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over two and a half times the legal limit.

On November 20, 2019 the facts of this case were presented to a Sullivan County Grand Jury which returned a true bill of indictment. On November 25, 2019 a capias/bench warrant was issued charging Mr. Hunt with the following:

1) Vehicle Homicide by Intoxication

2) Vehicular Homicide

3) Felony Reckless Endangerment

4) Driving Under the Influence

5) DUI with BAC over 0.08%

6) DUI with BAC over 0.20%

On the afternoon of December 4, 2019, Mr. Hunt turned himself in on the outstanding warrant, surrendering himself to authorities at the Kingsport Justice Center. He was processed in the Kingsport City Jail and then transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville where he will remain confined in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Zachary D. Hunt
Age Date of Birth 7/23/1996

23 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 225 Washington Street

Unicoi, TN

Charge(s) 1) Vehicle Homicide by Intoxication

2) Vehicular Homicide

3) Felony Reckless Endangerment

4) Driving Under the Influence

5) DUI with BAC over 0.08%

6) DUI with BAC over 0.20%

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model Accord
Year 2008
Type 4-door sedan
Color Dark Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Margaret C. Buck
Age 47 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Johnson City, TN
Injuries Fatal
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Mercedes
Model C230
Year 2005
Type 4-door sedan
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Zachary D. Hunt
Age 23 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Unicoi, TN
Injuries Non-Incapacitating Injuries
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 Teenager

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 Teenager
DATE: December 3, 2019
CASE #: 19-028099
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of November 29, 2019, Jacqueline Alyssa Waller was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. She was last seen walking in the 400 block of New Beason Well Road in Kingsport.

Jacqueline is a 14 year old, white, female juvenile. She is approximately 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs roughly 116 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. At the last point of contact, she was wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans with holes, and white Converse athletic shoes. A photo is included in this release.

While foul play is not suspected, due to her minor age, Detectives are requesting citizen input to help find her. Anyone who sees her or knows her current whereabouts is asked to contact 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 INFORMATION
Name Jacqueline Alyssa Waller
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 1 inch

116 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Last Known Clothing Maroon Hooded Sweatshirt

Blue Jeans with Holes

White Converse Athletic Shoes

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton