BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said his office is searching for a suspect after a shooting Wednesday night.
Cassidy confirmed to News Channel 11 that one person, identified only as a 36-year-old woman, was dead as a result of the shooting.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is looking for Donald Harry Britt, 32, who is considered to be “armed,” according to a release from the office.
The SCSO’s initial release referred to Britt as a person of interest; however, Cassidy later referred to Britt as a suspect to News Channel 11.
Britt is being sought in connection to the shooting, which happened earlier Wednesday on Deck Lane, which is off Highway 75 near the Tri-Cities Airport, according to the sheriff’s office. According to Cassidy, authorities responded to Deck Lane around 8 p.m.
Cassidy said the victim and Britt had a pre-existing relationship.
Britt is six feet tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has red hair and blue eyes and may be wearing shorts, a gray hoodie, and no shoes.
The SCSO believes he may be traveling in a red Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger.
The sheriff’s office says anyone who sees Britt should not approach him and should call 911. Non-emergency information on Britt’s whereabouts can be communicated to investigators by calling 423-279-7330.
Sullivan County 911 sent out an alert Wednesday night notifying residents of a shooting near the Tri-Cities Airport and that a male suspect considered to be “armed and dangerous” may be in the area.
No other information about the shooting has been made public.
Sullivan County and Kingsport residents can register to receive emergency alerts through the Sullivan County 911 website.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.