UPDATE: The Kingsport Police Department has identified Michael J. Shelton, 41 of Bulls Gap, as the suspect connected to a string of crimes in the Lynn Garden community, including a fatal shooting.
Police say Shelton’s crime spree included shooting and killing Gary McMeans, 60, and in a separate incident, committing a home invasion of an occupied home in the 100 block of Clark Avenue.
Shelton is facing several charges, including aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in connection with the home invasion. Additional charges are pending for the fatal shooting and other crimes he is accused of committing.
Shelton is being held in the Kingsport City Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – A male suspect is in custody after Kingsport police say a string of crimes were committed in the Lynn Garden community, including a shooting.
According to a release from the Kingsport Police Department, officers responded to the area around 9:30 a.m. Monday.
KPD says investigators arrested a male suspect who committed “a series of related felonious crimes,” including a shooting.
KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton told Kaylyn Kluck that there was a victim of the shooting, but no information was released regarding the status of the victim.
Patton said a carjacking, a home invasion and a robbery were among the crimes involved in the series.
The sole suspect believed to be responsible for the crimes is now in custody, according to KPD.
Investigators were at multiple scenes spanning several blocks on Monday. One location was outside of Cash 4 Gold Express on Lynn Garden Drive.
Police said the suspect used a vehicle to move between multiple scenes.
Kent Burke, a Lynn Garden resident, told News Channel 11 the suspect drove a vehicle through a parking lot, down a bank, and into his yard – driving through a clothing line and almost hitting his house.
“I was sitting at the breakfast table. And I heard this noise,” said Burke. “It sounded like maybe somebody dumping a dumpster, or a train backing up into another boxcar. And I come out and look, and didn’t see nothing at first. And I come to the other side of the house, and I see this damage in my yard where someone had come through.”
Police have yet to confirm the path the suspect took through the community or the order events happened in.
Workers at an auto repair shop, who did not want to be on camera, told News Channel 11 the suspect drove through the garage of their shop, pointed a gun, and demanded keys to a vehicle. A viewer photo sent to News Channel 11 showed police vehicles at the location on Monday.
“This is very active, very ongoing, we have officers spread out throughout the Lynn Garden community, multiple crime scenes, so it’s going to take a little bit of time to piece all this together before we can present the full picture to the public,” said Officer Tom Patton with the Kingsport Police Department.
KPD reports there is no reason to believe the public is in any further danger.
The release says the incidents are currently under investigation and will be for some time.
No further details were released.