Kingsport PD: Man charged with murder after Saturday shooting should be considered ‘armed and dangerous’

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – Kingsport police have identified the victim and suspect in a shooting that occurred Saturday morning.

According to an updated press release from the Kingsport Police Department, officers responded to the 500 block of Bays View Court around 6 a.m.

Officers report finding the resident of the home, identified as Amber N. Schwenk, inside.

Schwenk was “deceased from an apparent gunshot wound” when officers found her, according to the release.

The release states that Zachery Felton was identified as the “person responsible” for Schwenk’s death.

Warrants have been obtained for Felton, charging him with first-degree murder, vandalism of a monitoring device and vandalism.

“He had left the residence prior to our officers arriving,” Tom Patton with Kingsport Police said. “It appears he was on supervised release out of Knox County and was wearing an ankle monitor and that that was destroyed in our jurisdiction.”

According to previous reports by TBI, Felton has been arrested prior as part of a human trafficking investigation.

Felton was charged with one count of promoting prostitution in 2019 and one count of trafficking for commercial sex in 2020.

“No reason to believe that anybody in the general public would be at large,” Patton said. “Having said that, just due to the violent nature of the crime, and the charges against him, he should be considered armed and dangerous.”

According to KPD, Felton and Schwenk appear to have known one another prior to the shooting.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added Felton to its most wanted list over the weekend following the shooting.

Felton is still wanted and at large as of Monday afternoon, according to police.

The release states investigators believe Felton has fled the state.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call KPD at 423-229-9429.

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