Kingsport PD: Attempted murder suspect in custody after Thursday morning shooting


Photo: Kingsport Police Department

UPDATE: Kingsport police say new evidence has exonerated former shooting suspect Jacob R. Hayes. Police have arrested Jacob T. Durham, who officers found with gunshot wounds Thursday morning, and charged him with felony false reporting.

(Photo: Jacob T. Durham)

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – A man sought by the Kingsport Police Department for attempted murder has been arrested.

According to a release from KPD, Jacob Hayes was taken into custody without incident at a home in the 200 block of Easy Street in Kingsport.

Hayes had been considered armed and dangerous after police announced he was at large following a shooting on Ash Street Thursday morning.

In the release, KPD thanked the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office for assisting with his arrest.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.


The Kingsport Police Department is seeking a man wanted for attempted murder after he allegedly shot a 19-year-old on Ash Street early Thursday morning.

According to a release from KPD, officers responded to the 1300 block of Ash Street around 4 a.m.

When they arrived, officers reported found a 19-year-old man with apparent gunshot wounds outside of a home.

The release says the victim was transported to a local medical facility for emergency treatment. As of 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, he remains hospitalized in serious but stabilized condition.

KPD reports an investigation found that the man had been shot by an acquaintance known as Jacob R. Hayes following an argument.

The release says Hayes then fled the scene in a green box-style vehicle before officers arrived.

A warrant on Hayes has been obtained, charging him with attempted second-degree murder.

Hayes, 20, remains wanted and at large. KPD says he is not believed to be a danger to the general public, but he should still be considered armed and dangerous due to the nature of the incident.

Hays has brown hair and brown eyes. He is about 5’8″ and weighs roughly 145 pounds.

Anyone with information about Hayes’ whereabouts is asked to call KPD at 423-229-9429 or 423-246-9111.

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