KPD e-News Release: Shoplifting Suspect Involved in Assault on Off-Duty Deputy and Hit and Run While Fleeing Scene

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

SUBJECT: Shoplifting Suspect Involved in Assault on Off-Duty Deputy and Hit and Run While Fleeing Scene
DATE: October 27, 2016
CASE #: 16-023114
On October 24, 2016 at approximately 1:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were called to Advance Auto Parts, located at 1121 East Stone Drive in Kingsport, to investigate what initially began as a shoplifting incident but quickly spiraled into much more. The subsequent investigation revealed the following:

An unknown white male suspect entered the store empty-handed and left shortly thereafter carrying an Optima battery ($215.00 value) for which he had not paid. An Advance Auto Parts employee promptly followed the suspect out of the store to confront him.

By sheer coincidence, an off-duty Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was a customer in the store at the time. Seeing the commotion, he elected to step in and assist. The deputy approached the suspect in the parking lot as he got into a vehicle.

The deputy identified himself as a law enforcement officer and reached inside the vehicle to turn off the ignition. Simultaneously, the suspect sped away in the vehicle, dragging the deputy a short distance alongside it. The deputy sustained some minor scrapes and bruises during the incident.

As the suspect fled, his vehicle also struck an uninvolved and unoccupied vehicle parked in the lot. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a white Honda Civic or similarly styled vehicle. It had black rims and a loud exhaust note. There is a possibility of minor damage to the front driver’s side corner of the vehicle as a result of the collision.

There was also an unidentified female passenger in the suspect’s vehicle at the time of the incident.

Surveillance photos of the suspect entering the store empty-handed and leaving the store carrying the battery have been included with this release. There is also a photo included of what is believed to be the suspect’s vehicle as it was captured by a traffic camera while being driven away.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or his vehicle, or who may know the identity of him or his female passenger, or who may have any additional information which may assist Detectives with this investigation 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:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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