UPDATED 3/16/22 AT 4:45 p.m. – The juvenile involved in this incident has been charged with Evading Arrest and Attempted First Degree Murder via a juvenile petition. Due to the individual’s age, he is not being identified at this time.
At the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI agents are investigating the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday evening in Kingsport.
Preliminary information indicates that just after 10:00 p.m., officers with the Kingsport Police Department received a report that a male juvenile had escaped the custody of the Department of Children’s Services in the 700 block of North Eastman Road. An officer made contact with the teenager near the 1900 block of Lincoln Street and attempted to take him into custody. The juvenile resisted and tried to gain control of the officer’s service weapon. At some point during the struggle, the weapon discharged, striking the officer in the leg. Additional officers arrived a short time later and took the juvenile into custody. The officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment and has since been released. The juvenile was also transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the incident.
At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing. TBI agents continue to work to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for his review and consideration.
The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to the respective department to answer as it sees fit.
Updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.