UPDATE: Washington County deputies looking for ‘armed and dangerous suspect’ in homicide investigation

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UPDATE: The Washington County, Sheriff’s Office is looking for an ‘armed and dangerous’ man wanted for a fatal shooting in the Gray area Tuesday night.

According to a release, deputies are looking for Ralph Eugene Davenport, 47, of Gray. He is wanted on charges of 1st-degree murder in the shooting death of Leslie Dawn Belt, 43.

It happened around 5 p.m. at a mobile home park at 480 Ford Creek Road.

According to WCSO, Davenport left the scene Tuesday before law enforcement arrived. He is currently on the run.

He was last seen driving a white 2001 Ford van. It might have ladder racks on top.

Suspect has previous state, federal convictions

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Davenport is on federal supervised release after a conviction in United States Federal Court.

Federal court documents show that Davenport was charged as part of a drug manufacturing ring in 2013. He entered a guilty plea to lesser charges in the case and was sentenced to 114 months imprisonment.

In February 2017, Davenport’s attorney filed documents requesting resentencing under changed federal guidelines. The documents show that at the time, Davenport’s release date was projected as April 21, 2021.

The federal judge granted resentencing, reducing the sentence to 91 months. According to the the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Davenport was released on September 28, 2018.

“Davenport was also convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter in 1993 after being found guilty for shooting and killing a man in Johnson City, TN,” the release said.

According to investigators, Davenport is 6-feet tall and weighs 245 pounds. He has brown eyes and grayish-brown hair.

Authorities consider Davenport armed and dangerous. If you see him, deputies say do not approach. Call 911 immediately with any information.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on-air, on WJHL.com, and the WJHL app.

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