KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Request Citizen Assistance with Locating Missing Person (Reissued)

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 Request Citizen Assistance with Locating Missing Person (Reissued)
DATE: April 22, 2019
CASE #: 19-006198
GENERAL NARRATIVE
At the request of the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, this is the reissuance of an earlier missing person alert on Bobby T. Depriest that was originally released on April 1, 2019. Mr. Depriest has yet to be found. Any and all information that could potentially be useful in locating him would be greatly appreciated.

Anyone who sees him or may know his current whereabouts 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

As previously released:

On March 26, 2019 Bobby T. Depriest was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department by his ex-wife. She advised that she last spoke with him by telephone in early January 2019 at which point he told her that he would call her in a couple of weeks. She has yet to hear from him and has become concerned.

Due to specific information relayed to investigating officers regarding Mr. Depriest’s personal history, there is cause to be concerned for his general health and welfare. He is a 41 year old white male adult, standing approximately 6 feet 1 inch in height and weighing roughly 160 pounds. A photograph is included with this release.

Anyone who sees him or may know his current whereabouts 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

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Bobby T. Depriest
Age 41 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

6 feet 1 inch

160 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Brown Hair

Hazel Eyes

Residency 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: K.P.D. to Participate in National Drug Take-Back Day Event this Saturday

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. to Participate in National Drug Take-Back Day Event this Saturday
DATE: April 22, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This coming Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department will be participating in a community drug take-back event. This event will take place in the parking lot in front of Dobyns-Bennett High School, located at 1 Tribe Way, in Kingsport. This event is sponsored by the United Way of Greater Kingsport, the Kingsport Police Department, and the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition.

Between now and Saturday, April 27th, all area residents are encouraged to go through their medicine cabinets and inventory their medications. Now is the time to safely dispose of any leftover, expired, or otherwise unwanted medications. This community drug take-back event is open to the public and is a prime opportunity and the preferred method to safely dispose of any medications that are no longer needed.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days each year, in April and October. National Prescription Drug Take Back Days aim to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

While the DEA does recognize these two annual days, at the Kingsport Police Department, we like to think of every day as Take-Back Day. K.P.D. has been participating in drug take-back initiatives since 2010 and installed a permanent drug collection box in the lobby of the Kingsport Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport, in 2012. Our box is accessible 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. To date, K.P.D. has been able to safely incinerate over 12,000 pounds (6 tons) of leftover, unwanted, or expired medications.

The goals of this program are to keep drugs off the street, prevent overdoses and accidental poisonings, and avoid environmental contamination. Drugs that can be accepted include prescription, over the counter (OTC), vitamins, herbals, supplements, and veterinary medications. Items that are not accepted through this program include needles or sharps, biohazard materials, and illegal drugs.

For more information on the DEA’s National Take-Back Day initiative, please visit the following links:

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

https://takebackday.dea.gov/

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: Substance Abuse Prevention Town Hall Event for Parents, Youth, and other Concerned Citizens

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Substance Abuse Prevention Town Hall Event for Parents, Youth, and other Concerned Citizens
DATE: April 22, 2019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, there will be a Substance Abuse Town Hall event for parents, youth, and other concerned citizens at the Kingsport Higher Education Center Auditorium, located at 300 West Market Street in Downtown Kingsport. The event is designed to encourage better communication between parents and their children on the subject of drugs and alcohol.

This Town Hall is sponsored by the Kingsport Police Department, New Vision Youth, the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition, and the United Way of Greater Kingsport and is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Please join us for an evening of “Talk It Up!” on this extremely important topic.

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. Vice Operation Nets Four Drug Offenders

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. Vice Operation Nets Four Drug Offenders
DATE: April 18, 2019
CASE #: 19-008017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 18, 2019 at approximately 11:30 AM, the Kingsport Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at a residence located at 814 Myrtle Street in Kingsport. The search warrant was part of an extensive ongoing investigation into the trafficking of illegal narcotics.

As a result of the search, four suspects were charged and arrested. These individuals include Sanford Hodge, Jr., Gunnar L. Smith, Erwin O. Lewis, and Whalen M. Carpenter.

All four suspects were charged with 1) Sale and Delivery of Over 26 Grams of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) within 1,000 Feet of a City Park, 2) Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, 3) Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance Use or Distribution, and 4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia.

Mr. Hodge, Mr. Lewis, and Mr. Carpenter were additionally charged with the offense of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Mr. Hodge was also charged with Simple Possession/Casual Exchange of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana). Mr. Lewis was also wanted on preexisting warrants held by the Kingsport Police Department and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

As of the time of issuance of this news release, all four suspects remain incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail, each in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

The K.P.D. Vice and Narcotics Unit was able to successfully carry out this operation without incident thanks to invaluable cooperative assistance provided by the K.P.D. S.W.A.T. Team, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit, and the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Sanford Hodge, Jr.
Age Date of Birth 5/5/1960

58 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 714 Maple Oak Lane, Apt. C

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Sale and Delivery of Over 26 Grams of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) within 1,000 Feet of a City Park

2) Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

3) Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance Use or Distribution

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

5) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

6) Simple Possession/Casual Exchange of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana)

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Gunnar L. Smith
Age Date of Birth 11/6/1958

60 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 814 Myrtle Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Sale and Delivery of Over 26 Grams of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) within 1,000 Feet of a City Park

2) Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

3) Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance Use or Distribution

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

SUSPECT #3 INFORMATION
Name Erwin O. Lewis
Age Date of Birth 2/14/1975

44 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Homeless

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Sale and Delivery of Over 26 Grams of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) within 1,000 Feet of a City Park

2) Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

3) Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance Use or Distribution

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

5) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

6) Also Wanted on Preexisting Warrants by K.P.D. and S.C.S.O.

SUSPECT #4 INFORMATION
Name Whalen M. Carpenter
Age Date of Birth 3/1/1964

55 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 686 Dale Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Sale and Delivery of Over 26 Grams of a Schedule II Drug (Crack Cocaine) within 1,000 Feet of a City Park

2) Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

3) Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance Use or Distribution

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia

5) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

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: Detectives Working to Identify Felony Shoplifter

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Working to Identify Felony Shoplifter
DATE: April 18, 2019
CASE #: 19-006679
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 29, 2019 a white male suspect selected over $1,000 in merchandise at Walmart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The individual then went through the self-checkout lanes, made the appearance of checking out, but then left the store with the merchandise without actually paying for any of it.

This same suspect is believed to be involved in several other shoplifting incidents throughout the Tri-Cities region. The above incident was captured on store surveillance video, with a photo of the suspect, taken from that footage, included in this release.

Anyone who recognizes him 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

KPD e-News Release: Mullins Street Officer Involved Shooting (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Mullins Street Officer Involved Shooting (Update)
DATE: April 17, 2019
CASE #: 19-007873
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This earlier News Release concerning the Mullins Street Officer Involved Shooting has now been updated to include the identity of the suspect, Andrew C. Witt, 27 years of age, of Kingsport.

Also, as requested by area media outlets, a previous mug shot of Mr. Witt from 2013, on file with the Kingsport Police Department, has also been included.

As of the time of issuance of this update, he remains hospitalized, and charges are pending. This remains an ongoing multi-agency investigation. As such, no additional information is available for release at this time.

As previously released:

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at approximately 5:30 AM Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Mullins Street in Kingsport. Shortly after their arrival, a suspect produced a weapon, resulting in shots being fired by one or more officers. The suspect has been transported to an area medical facility for treatment. No officers were injured in the incident.

Kingsport Police Department Investigators are in the preliminary stages of their investigation into the incident. As is protocol in officer involved shootings, and in the interest of complete transparency, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has also been requested to respond to conduct an independent parallel investigation. Additional information will be released at an appropriate time as it develops.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Andrew C. Witt
Age Date of Birth 6/5/1991

27 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 132 Mullins Street

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: Mullins Street Officer Involved Shooting

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Mullins Street Officer Involved Shooting
DATE: April 17, 2019
CASE #: 19-007873
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at approximately 5:30 AM Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Mullins Street in Kingsport. Shortly after their arrival, a suspect produced a weapon, resulting in shots being fired by one or more officers. The suspect has been transported to an area medical facility for treatment. No officers were injured in the incident.

Kingsport Police Department Investigators are in the preliminary stages of their investigation into the incident. As is protocol in officer involved shootings, and in the interest of complete transparency, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has also been requested to respond to conduct an independent parallel investigation. Additional information will be released at an appropriate time as it develops.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton