KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Early Morning Homicide (Update #2)

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 #2)
DATE: June 10, 2021
CASE #: 21-009923
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update #2: On June 10, 2021 Zachery Felton was taken into custody in New Orleans, Louisiana. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains incarcerated in New Orleans, awaiting extradition back to Tennessee.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Marshals Service for their invaluable assistance with Mr. Felton’s apprehension.

As this remains an active investigation with pending prosecution, absolutely no additional details will be released at this time.

As previously released:

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

KPD e-News Release: Motorist Killed in Single Vehicle Crash

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: Motorist Killed in Single Vehicle Crash
DATE: May 29, 2021
CASE #: 21-011019
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the morning of May 29, 2021 the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Pearl Lane near Browder Road in Kingsport. While it is currently unknown exactly what time the crash occurred, it was discovered at approximately 6:00 AM. The findings of the investigation thus far are as follows:

A gray 2020 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck, believed at this time to be driven and solely occupied by Matthew Paul Chauvin, was eastbound on Pearl Lane, traveling toward Browder Road, when for unknown reason(s) it left the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. The truck came to rest on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Mr. Chauvin was killed in the crash.

This incident remains under active and ongoing investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit; therefore, no additional details are available for release.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash, or who may have any information that might assist with the associated investigation, is asked to contact K.P.D. Crash Investigators at 423-224-2750 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

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Toyota
Model Tundra
Year 2020
Type Full-size Pickup
Color Gray
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Matthew Paul Chauvin
Age 50 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Bourg, LA
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Two Sought for Vandalism to Police Car

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: Two Sought for Vandalism to Police Car
DATE: May 28, 2021
CASE #: 21-010590
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 23, 2021 a vandalism to a City of Kingsport police cruiser was discovered. The fully marked police car was parked in the Shelby Street parking garage when the rear window was smashed.

A review of surveillance video footage revealed that a white male suspect had deliberately struck and shattered the rear window with an unidentified object as he walked past the car. The suspect appeared to be accompanied by another white male who is also being sought as a person of interest.

Photos of these two individuals are included in this release. In the photos, the suspect is wearing a white sleeveless shirt, while the person of interest is wearing a long-sleeved black t-shirt.

Anyone who recognizes either of these individuals 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:

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) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Motorcyclist Killed in Colonial Heights Crash

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: Motorcyclist Killed in Colonial Heights Crash
DATE: May 25, 2021
CASE #: 21-010737
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 25, 2021 at approximately 12:00 Noon, the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit responded to a motor vehicle collision in the 4100 block of Fort Henry Drive, in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A blue 2003 Suzuki GSXR motorcycle, operated and solely ridden by Brian W. Dunn, was southbound on Fort Henry Drive. Meanwhile, a white 2014 Honda CRV, driven and solely occupied by Phyllis R. Laney, was northbound on Fort Henry Drive. Ms. Laney attempted a left turn toward a private property and turned her SUV into the path of the oncoming motorcycle resulting in a collision. Mr. Dunn was killed in the crash. Ms. Laney was not injured.

This incident remains under active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with possible charges pending; therefore, absolutely no additional details are currently available for release.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model CRV
Year 2014
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Phyllis R. Laney
Age 71 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Suzuki
Model GSXR
Year 2003
Type Motorcycle
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Operator Name Brian W. Dunn
Age 34 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Osage Drive Homicide Investigation Underway by Kingsport Police (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Osage Drive Homicide Investigation Underway by Kingsport Police (Update)
DATE: May 25, 2021
CASE #: 20-023986
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: The November 15, 2020 homicide on Osage Drive in Kingsport has been under constant investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division since the date it occurred.

On April 28, 2021, the facts of the case were presented to the Sullivan County Grand Jury which returned a true bill of indictment, charging Jonathan L. Smith with multiple felonies for his role in the death of Eduardo Oviedo-Velazco. A capias was subsequently issued for his arrest.

Mr. Smith’s charges include:

1) First Degree Murder

2) Felony Murder

3) Attempted First Degree Murder

4) Aggravated Burglary

On May 22, 2021, Mr. Smith was arrested on independent unrelated charges during a routine traffic stop by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office. Upon his release from HCSO custody, he was arrested by the Kingsport Police Department on the outstanding capias.

He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing, but has since been transported to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville where he remains confined, awaiting arraignment, with no current eligibility for bond.

As this remains an active and ongoing criminal investigation with the possibility of additional charges pending, absolutely no additional details will be released at this time.

As previously released:

On November 15, 2020 at approximately 1:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a reported shooting incident at a residence in the 1600 block of Osage Drive in Kingsport. Upon arrival, Officers located Eduardo Oviedo-Velazco (26 year old adult male) inside the residence, deceased as a result of what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

K.P.D. Detectives responded to the scene, and a homicide investigation is currently underway. Based upon their findings thus far, this appears to be an isolated incident with no known immediate danger to the public at large. As this investigation remains active and ongoing, no further details are available for release at this time. Additional information will be released as it develops, but only at an appropriate point in the investigation.

Anyone who has any information related to this incident which might be able to assist Detectives with their 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jonathan L. Smith
Age Date of Birth 11/29/1992

28 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency 4156 Skyland Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) First Degree Murder

2) Felony Murder

3) Attempted First Degree Murder

4) Aggravated Burglary

DECEDENT INFORMATION
Name Eduardo Oviedo-Velazco
Age 26 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Hispanic
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) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police to Increase Seat Belt Enforcement During National “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization

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 to Increase Seat Belt Enforcement During National “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization
DATE: May 25, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, the Kingsport Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” From May 24 through June 6, 2021, participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt education and enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization.

Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car.But it’s more than that. Buckling up is the law. Our law enforcement officers see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), 403 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt. This represents approximately 33 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2020.

According to NHTSA, in 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing seat belts.

That’s why one focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations both day and night.

For more information about seat belt safety, please visit www.TNTrafficSafety.org.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager

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: K.P.D. Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager
DATE: May 19, 2021
CASE #: 21-010191
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of May 18, 2021, Thomas Allen Armentus Supry was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not suspected at this time, every possible effort is being made to locate him.

His photograph and physical and clothing description are included below. He was last seen at the Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park, located at 717 West Center Street in Kingsport.

Anyone who sees him, or may know his current whereabouts, 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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Thomas Allen Armentus Supry
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 11 inches

174 pounds

Hair/Eyes Blonde Hair

Blue Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Yellow SpongeBob Hat

No Shirt

Gray Baseball Pants

White shoes (one with red laces, one with black laces)

Last Known Location Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park

717 West Center Street

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 17 Year Old (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 Attempting to Locate Missing 17 Year Old (Update)
DATE: May 17, 2021
CASE #: 21-001609
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Devon Wiles has been found safe and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

The following is a reissuance of an earlier news release. Devon Wiles (now 17 years old) remains missing. Again, foul play is not suspected. Anyone who sees him or may know his current whereabouts 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.

As previously released:

On the evening of January 23, 2021 Devon Wiles (17 year old male juvenile) was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not suspected, due to his minor age, Investigators are making every possible effort to locate him.

His description and photograph are included in this release. Anyone who sees him or may know his current whereabouts 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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Devon Wiles
Age 17 years of age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 9 inches

195 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Blue eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Last Known Location 1600 block of Highland Street

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

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

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

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
DATE: May 15, 2021
CASE #: 21-009923
GENERAL NARRATIVE
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.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton