KPD e-News Release: Serious Crash Investigation Underway on West Stone Drive

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Serious Crash Investigation Underway on West Stone Drive
DATE: May 13, 2020
CASE #: 20-010054
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 12, 2020 at approximately 11:20 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision in the 400 block of West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the incident, Crash Reconstructionists with the K.P.D. Traffic Unit have been called to the scene.

Their investigation is just now beginning; therefore, no further details are available for release at this time. Additional information will be shared as it develops, but only at an appropriate point in the investigation. Due to the late hour, an update will likely not be available until sometime the following day at the earliest.

In the meantime, motorists are asked to plan ahead and seek an alternate route, so as to avoid any unnecessary hazards, congestion, or delays. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to exercise caution, be patient, and obey all traffic instructions for the safety of everyone involved.

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 Promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
DATE: May 8, 2020
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Departmentis partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote motorcycle safety during the month of May, which is nationally recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Agencies participate by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the importance of sharing the road and looking twice for motorcyclists.

Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why it is the perfect time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders. All motorists need to know how to anticipate and respond to motorcyclists to avoid crashes.

According to the THSO, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 27 TIMES more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and FIVE TIMES more likely to be injured.

Here are a few safe driving tips to prevent crashing with a motorcycle:

• Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.

• Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.

• If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Motorcycle signals are often non-canceling. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.

• Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.

• Always allow ample follow distance – three to four seconds – when driving behind a motorcycle. This gives riders more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

According to preliminary data, there were 2,701 motorcycle crashes in Tennessee last year. Of those crashes, 166 were fatal.

Remember to Look Twice, and do your part to keep everyone safe on our roads.

For additional information on motorcycle safety, please visit:

https://tntrafficsafety.org/look-twice

or

https://tntrafficsafety.org/motorcycles

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: K.P.D. Searching for Burglars Who Stole Dirt Bikes and Weedeaters

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Searching for Burglars Who Stole Dirt Bikes and Weedeaters
DATE: May 6, 2020
CASE #: 20-008338
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Sometime between April 13 and 16, 2020 an outbuilding behind a residence in the 1400 block of Sycamore Street in Kingsport was burglarized. During the burglary, nearly $4,500 in personal property was stolen. Among the stolen items were two Honda youth dirt bikes (one 110cc and one 50cc) and two Stihl string trimmers. A photo of the actual stolen dirt bikes has been provided with this release. (Please note that the individuals shown riding the dirt bikes ARE NOT the suspects.)

Two suspects (appear to be slim white males) and the vehicle in which they were traveling (appears to be a dark-colored compact car) were recorded by area surveillance cameras with blurry photos included in this release. A clip of the actual video footage, while of poor resolution, has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/EZBmL_IhNEM

Anyone who recognizes either of these suspects or their vehicle, spots or knows the location of any of the described stolen property, or has any additional information to assist with this investigation 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

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 Attempting to Locate and Check Welfare of Mother and Daughter (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate and Check Welfare of Mother and Daughter (Update)
DATE: May 5, 2020
CASE #: 20-009491
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Mother and daughter, Caitlin and Mazlin Pitts, have been found safe. The Kingsport Police Department would like to share a special thanks to those helpful individuals who provided tips to assist Investigators in locating them in a timely manner.

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department is attempting to locate and check the welfare of a mother and her daughter, Caitlin E. Pitts (27 year old white female) and Mazlin Pitts (10 year old white female), who have reportedly been out of touch with family and friends for an extended period of time.

Anyone who sees them or may know their current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 42-229-9429 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) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate and Check Welfare of Mother and Daughter

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate and Check Welfare of Mother and Daughter
DATE: May 5, 2020
CASE #: 20-009491
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is attempting to locate and check the welfare of a mother and her daughter, Caitlin E. Pitts (27 year old white female) and Mazlin Pitts (10 year old white female), who have reportedly been out of touch with family and friends for an extended period of time.

Anyone who sees them or may know their current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 42-229-9429 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) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Adult Suspect in Custody Following Morning Shooting Incident that Injured Juvenile (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Adult Suspect in Custody Following Morning Shooting Incident that Injured Juvenile (Update)
DATE: April 30, 2020
CASE #: 20-009181
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In addition to the aforementioned agencies who assisted in the location and apprehension of Lazarith E. Freeman, the Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division wishes to specifically thank the Tennessee Highway Patrol for their significant contributions to this investigation.

As previously released:

On April 30, 2020 at approximately 6:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Westfield Drive in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident. Upon arrival, Officers located a 14 year old black male juvenile with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

K.P.D. Detectives responded to the scene. Their subsequent investigation revealed that the juvenile was shot by Lazarith E. Freeman, who had since retreated to the Sevier County/Knox County area following the incident. Mr. Freeman was also believed to be wanted on several unrelated preexisting charges from the Sevier County area.

With the assistance of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, and other law enforcement agencies, Mr. Freeman is now in custody. He has been charged with Felony Reckless Endangerment and Tampering with Evidence in connection to this morning’s incident in Kingsport.

Neither the suspect nor the victim are residents of Kingsport; however, both were believed to be acquainted prior to the shooting. This remains an active and ongoing investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. To protect the integrity of that investigation and not hinder future prosecution, no further details regarding this incident will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Lazarith E. Freeman
Age Date of Birth 4/4/2000

20 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 714 Pollard Road

Kodak, TN

Charge(s) 1) Felony Reckless Endangerment

2) Tampering with Evidence

(Arrested by other agency, so no local mugshot available.)

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Knoxville, TN
Injuries 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: Adult Suspect in Custody Following Morning Shooting Incident that Injured Juvenile

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Adult Suspect in Custody Following Morning Shooting Incident that Injured Juvenile
DATE: April 30, 2020
CASE #: 20-009181
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 30, 2020 at approximately 6:30 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Westfield Drive in Kingsport in reference to a shooting incident. Upon arrival, Officers located a 14 year old black male juvenile with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

K.P.D. Detectives responded to the scene. Their subsequent investigation revealed that the juvenile was shot by Lazarith E. Freeman, who had since retreated to the Sevier County/Knox County area following the incident. Mr. Freeman was also believed to be wanted on several unrelated preexisting charges from the Sevier County area.

With the assistance of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, and other law enforcement agencies, Mr. Freeman is now in custody. He has been charged with Felony Reckless Endangerment and Tampering with Evidence in connection to this morning’s incident in Kingsport.

Neither the suspect nor the victim are residents of Kingsport; however, both were believed to be acquainted prior to the shooting. This remains an active and ongoing investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. To protect the integrity of that investigation and not hinder future prosecution, no further details regarding this incident will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Lazarith E. Freeman
Age Date of Birth 4/4/2000

20 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 714 Pollard Road

Kodak, TN

Charge(s) 1) Felony Reckless Endangerment

2) Tampering with Evidence

(Arrested by other agency, so no local mugshot available.)

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Knoxville, TN
Injuries 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