Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include updated information from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals.
EWING, Va. (WJHL) — Authorities have identified the fatal shooting suspect at the center of an ongoing manhunt in Lee County, Virginia, as well as the victim.
An update from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) stated authorities are searching for Jason Dockery, 44 of Knoxville, who is a suspect in an Anderson County, Tennessee homicide and wanted for violations of probation out of Sevier County and aggravated assault.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office identified the female victim in the alleged Tuesday homicide as Shystie Ranea Mayberry.
According to the LCSO, a pursuit began in Claiborne County, Tennessee on Tuesday and ended in Ewing, Virginia around 3 p.m. Dockery reportedly ran into a wooded area in Ewing.
“At present, there is no factual basis to believe the fugitive has left the Ewing, Virginia area and citizens are urged to stay vigilant, keep their doors locked and vehicles secured,” the LCSO said.
Dockery is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities describe him as 5’6″ and 170 pounds.
A $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Dockery is offered by the U.S. Marshals Service.
“Dockery is a very dangerous individual and is believed to be armed,” David G. Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee said. “He has a substantial prior criminal history in the Knoxville area and has served time in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Most of his ties appear to be to Knox, Sevier and Anderson Counties.”
Anyone with sightings, tips or information is asked to call 911, USMS84.TIPS@usdoj.gov or the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 276-346-7777.
The search includes the LCSO, Anderson County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, Claiborne County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Virginia State Police, National Park Service, DCR/Virginia State Parks Law Enforcement Rangers, Blount County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, and a host of partner agency officers and K-9 teams, the post said.
Lee County Schools were closed on Wednesday “in an effort to ensure the safety of all LCPS students and employees.”
This story is currently developing. Stay tuned on-air and online for updates.