Elizabethton Police Department is currently investigating a suicide that took place last night.
According to EPD Jason Shaw, officers were dispatched to provide backup to Johnson City Police Department at the Kenjo Market on Milligan Highway in regards to a traffic stop involving a subject with a weapon involving a man that took his own life – Christoper J. Antone, 29, of Johnson City.
It was found that he was wanted on charges, including one count of aggravated robbery, three counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, three counts of aggravated assault, one count of especially aggravated burglary, and theft under $1000.00.
While responding, EPD officers were advised that the JCPD officer reported shots from the vehicle that was stopped and believed a subject in the vehicle shot himself. Elizabethton Police arrived to find a subject in the vehicle dead from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound.
Elizabethton officers found that the Johnson City Police officer was acting on a tip looking for Antone in a vehicle that was seen in the area.
The officer spotted a vehicle matching the description parked at the Kenjo Market in a parking space. As the officer entered the parking lot to check the vehicle and the vehicle started to back from the parking space, the officer then turned on the police lights and siren signaling for the vehicle to stop.
As both vehicles came to a stop, the officer ordered the occupants to remain in the vehicle to wait for back-up. Two shots were then fired from the interior of the stopped vehicle. Officers then found the subject in the back seat of the vehicle with wounds to the head. There were two other occupants of the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, advised officers Antone said he was having suicidal thoughts earlier in the day and when the police pulled in behind the vehicle the driver heard two shots and said a “firecracker smell” was inside the vehicle. The driver did not know he was armed. The driver also stated that before the shots Mr. Antone asked the driver to “tell my mother I love her.”
Officers also spoke to another person who was in the vehicle with Mr. Antone and the driver. That subject advised Mr. Antone said, “Tell my mother I love her.” and heard a shot and “smelled gunsmoke.”
The investigation is incomplete pending final autopsy report.