UPDATE: Kingsport police charge suspect in Friday morning standoff

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Police say a man called 911 and fired multiple gunshots while inside his apartment on Lovedale Drive on Friday morning, which led to a standoff with police.

The Kingsport Police Department says Michael H. Byrd, 45, was on the phone with 911 when a dispatcher heard several gunshots. The first officer on the scene also reported hearing the gunshots.

Police say some rounds exited Byrd’s apartment and entered an occupied apartment across the hall. No one was hurt.

Michael H. Byrd (Photo: KPD)

KPD has charged Byrd with felony reckless endangerment. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

The incident remains under investigation.


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Kingsport police have identified the suspect in the standoff that led to an evacuation on Lovedale Drive on Friday morning.

According to the Kingsport Police Department, 45-year-old Michael H. Byrd, of Kingsport, has been taken to an area medical facility for a mental status evaluation.

The criminal investigation is still active, and charges are pending.

Byrd was taken into custody on Friday morning following a standoff in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive close to Andrew Jackson Elementary School.

No further details were released at this time.


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A suspect is in custody on Friday morning after Kingsport police were engaged in a three-hour standoff that led to an evacuation.

“We were able to establish contact with the suspect by telephone, and encouraged him to come out and surrender himself without any further incident,” said Tom Patton of the Kingsport Police Department.

According to KPD, police are in the process of reopening roadways and working to clear the scene.

According to Kingsport City Schools Assistant Superintendent Andy True, Andrew Jackson Elementary School did not go on lockdown at any point throughout the incident.

True told News Channel 11 the school’s morning drop-off pattern was adjusted due to road closures, and the school communicated with KPD throughout the morning.

True also said it was never deemed necessary to put the school in lockdown, but prior to the arrest of the suspect, the school had anticipated having indoor recess out of an abundance of caution.


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Neighbors on the 500 block of Lovedale Drive were evacuated by police on Friday morning after a suspect fired multiple gunshots in or near a small apartment building.

According to the Kingsport Police Department, the male suspect fired the shots for an unknown reason.

KPD says the suspect is still believed to be inside the apartment, and a perimeter has been established.

KPD says they do not believe anyone was struck by any gunfire.

Multiple officers and units are on scene.

Continue to follow this story with News Channel 11 online and on-air.


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Police are currently investigating a report of shots fired in Kingsport close to Andrew Jackson Elementary School.

According to the Kingsport Police Department, officers are currently investigating a report of shots fired in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive.

KPD said in a release that officers responded to the report at 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning.

News Channel 11’s Kristen Gallant is currently at the scene of the investigation.

Lovedale Drive is connected to Jackson Street, putting it in close proximity to Andrew Jackson Elementary School.

KPD is asking the public to avoid Lovedale Drive completely and also avoid the section of Clinchfield Street from Center Street to Stone Drive.

KPD also said in the release that some adjacent roadways are closed for safety.

According to Kingsport City Schools Assistant Superintendent Andy True, Kingsport City Schools were aware of the police presence, but they were unaware of the nature of the report.

Traffic has been adjusted on Jackson Street near the school.

There is no lockdown at the school at this time.

Details are limited at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned with News Channel 11 online and on-air for updates.

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