Suspect accused of shooting East Ridge officer killed in shootout with police


EAST RIDGE (WATE) – UPDATE: East Ridge Police confirmed that 43-year-old Christopher Kitts was shot and killed by police as they attempted to apprehend him in connection to shooting of East Ridge Corporal Terry Prescott.

Kitts was located after an extensive air and ground search by multiple law enforcement agencies. He engaged officers several times with gunfire before ultimately being shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prescott initiated a traffic stop around 2 p.m. Sunday. According to East Ridge Police, Kitts got out of the vehicle and fired several shots at Prescott’s patrol car before the officer even exited the vehicle.

Kitts got back into the car and fled the scene. Officers responded and stabilized Corporal Prescott until EMS arrived to transport him to Erlanger Hospital. He is described as stable by the East Ridge Police Department.

The suspect’s vehicle was located by Georgia State Patrol in a Rossville, Georgia subdivision just across the Tennessee state line. Kitts fled on foot before the vehicle was located by GSP.

EAST RIDGE (WATE) – UPDATE: Police have identified the suspect accused of shooting an East Ridge police officer as 43-year-old Christopher J. Kitts. The police officer that was shot has been identified as Corporal Terry Prescott. He is in stable condition.


An East Ridge Police Officer was shot during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon, according to our sister station WTVC.

East Ridge is just outside the city limits of Chattanooga just before 2 p.m. East Ridge Police chief Stan Allen says the shooting happened off of Ringgold Road.

Allen says the officer is in stable condition at Erlanger hospital.

The suspect is not in custody and drove off after firing at the officer.

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