KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE – According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, agents are investigating events leading up to an officer-involved shooting that happened late Sunday night in Kingsport.
A statement from the TBI says just after 9:30 p.m., a deputy with the Hawkin’s County Sheriff’s Office and an officer with the Mount Carmel Police department spotted a stolen SUV traveling along Highway 11W.
Officers initiated a traffic stop, but the driver refused to pull over and a police chase began. Officers continued to pursue the vehicle into Kingsport city limits, where the driver of the stolen SUV encountered officers with the Kingsport Police Department and a deputy with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office blocking the roadway as part of an investigation involving an unrelated incident.
As the vehicle approached the area, the driver did not stop and drove towards officers, resulting in the Sullivan County deputy firing shots, hitting the driver. The vehicle then crashed in the 200 block of Virgil Avenue.
The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment. One of the four passengers in the SUV sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
No officers were injured during the incident.
TBI identified the driver as a 17-year-old male. Due to his age, investigators are not releasing his name. TBI says he remains hospitalized.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy who shot the driver has been placed on administrative leave for a period of at least three days, in accordance with the department’s policy.
The vehicle was towed from the scene around 2:22 a.m.
District Attorney General Barry Staubus said the Kingsport officers and Sullivan County deputy were originally on the scene of an unrelated shooting.
The investigation remains ongoing.