|On July 27, 2016 at approximately 11:45 PM, multiple Kingsport Police Patrol Officers converged on the intersection of Mimosa Drive and Riverside Avenue in Kingsport after receiving a report of a large crowd of people fighting with the possibility of shots fired. Upon arrival, the crowd had dispersed; however, several fired shell casings were located in the roadway and in a nearby parking lot.
Officers also observed an apartment structure and a sport utility vehicle that had both sustained damage from gunfire. Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division were called to the scene with their subsequent investigation revealing the following:
A group of individuals had walked to and from dinner at a nearby restaurant, passing the same house on Riverside Avenue both going and returning. On both occasions they had allegedly been the target of obscene and disparaging remarks shouted by several people at that residence. One of the individuals at that residence was Darius D. Woodbury
During the return trip, a verbal altercation ensued which soon escalated to a challenge to a fight. Mr. Woodbury produced a handgun and began firing toward the crowd with at least eight people in his direct line of fire. He then turned and ran back down Riverside Avenue continuing to fire the gun in the air.
One of the rounds fired from the gun struck a sport utility vehicle parked on Mimosa Drive, while another round went through the exterior wall into the living room of an apartment occupied by an innocent and uninvolved victim. Fortunately nobody was hit or otherwise injured by any of the projectiles. Detectives obtained a warrant, charging Mr. Woodbury with eight counts of Aggravated Assault and Felony Reckless Endangerment.
On July 29, 2016 at approximately 11:45 PM, K.P.D. Patrol Officers spotted Mr. Woodbury in the parking lot of Waffle House, located at 4215 West Stone Drive. He was arrested on the outstanding warrant without incident and transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he remains confined pending arraignment.