KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Detectives Investigating Shooting Incident on Virgil Avenue

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Kingsport Detectives Investigating Shooting Incident on Virgil Avenue
DATE: April 12, 2021
CASE #: 21-007430
On April 11, 2021 at approximately 9:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to the 300 block of Virgil Avenue in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident. While all of the people involved had left the scene prior to police arrival, responding Officers located evidence of the incident in question in the roadway.

Shortly thereafter, K.P.D. was notified that one individual from this incident was at an area hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. As of the time of this release, that person remains hospitalized; however, his injuries appear non-life threatening.

Further investigation revealed that known acquaintances had met on Virgil Avenue to resolve a disagreement. An argument ensued which then escalated into a physical confrontation and culminated in shots being fired.

This incident remains under active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division as Detectives attempt to identify the other people involved; therefore, no further details are available for release at this time.

Anyone with any information that may assist with this case is asked to contact Detectives 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:

Please note, that this incident is completely unrelated to the officer involved shooting that occurred at the same location at approximately the same time. For information on that incident, please visit the following link:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)


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