KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Early Morning Homicide (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Early Morning Homicide (Update)
DATE: May 17, 2021
CASE #: 21-009923
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On May 15, 2021 at approximately 6:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a residence in the 500 block of Bays View Court in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident. Upon their arrival, Officers located the resident, Amber N. Schwenk, inside the home, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

Detectives were soon able to identify Zachery Felton as the person responsible. Mr. Felton had already left the scene prior to police arrival, but Detectives have obtained a warrant, charging him with 1) First Degree Murder, 2) Vandalism of a Monitoring Device, and 3) Vandalism.

Based upon the investigation thus far, it is evident that the suspect and victim were acquainted with one another prior to this incident. This appears to have been an isolated incident, so there is no reason at this time to believe that there is any immediate danger to the public at large.

As of the time of issuance of this release, Mr. Felton remains wanted and at large; however, Detectives have strong reason to believe that he has fled the state. Due to the charges against him, and the nature of this incident, he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any information which could potentially assist with this investigation or help locate Mr. Felton 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

This remains an active investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division; therefore, absolutely no additional details, to include possible motives, will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On May 15, 2021 at approximately 6:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a residence in the 500 block of Bays View Court in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident. Upon their arrival, Officers located an adult female inside the home, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

Based upon the investigation thus far, this appears to have been an isolated incident, so there is no reason at this time to believe that there is any immediate danger to the public at large.

An active investigation is currently underway by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division; however, absolutely no additional details, to include identities or motives, are available for release at this time. Further information will be released as it develops and at an appropriate point in the investigation.

WANTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Zachery Felton
Age Date of Birth 4/14/1985

36 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Height/

Weight

5 feet 11 inches

160 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black hair

Brown eyes

Charge(s) 1) First Degree Murder

2) Vandalism of a Monitoring Device

3) Vandalism

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Amber N. Schwenk
Age 40 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal Gunshot Wound
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

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