Bristol police find stolen Jeep believed to be connected with Johnson City Walmart shooting

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BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – Captain Maynard Ratcliff with the Bristol, Va. Police Department tells News Channel 11 that his office found a stolen Jeep believed to be the get away car after a shooting at a Walmart in Johnson City.

Friday morning, Johnson City dispatchers got a report of shots fired at the Walmart on Market Street.

According to the city’s website, two men suspected of shoplifting were trying to get away when a man confronted them in the parking lot.

When the suspects reportedly pointed a gun at the man, the man then got out his own gun and fired one shot.

The suspects got away in a gray Jeep Cherokee that was reported stolen from Bristol, Tenn.

Captain Ratcliff said that on Saturday evening, his office found a Jeep matching that description at The Woodlands Apartment complex. That Jeep came back as stolen from Bristol, Tenn.

The Jeep was checked for bullet holes but none were found.

Bristol, Tenn. police officers were also called to the apartment complex. When they arrived, they advised that the car could be released to its owner. The Jeep was returned.

Captain Ratcliff said the Jeep is suspected to be involved in the incident at the Johnson City Walmart but he’s not certain.

Captain Brian Rice with the Johnson City Police Department said he was notified that the Jeep was recovered. 

The Johnson City Police Department is still looking for the suspects involved in Friday’s incident.

If you have any information on this case, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 423-434-6158.

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