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Update: Suspect identified in shots fired incident

Staff Report • Updated Dec 6, 2019 at 11:19 AM

UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shots fired incident has been identified as Michael H. Byrd, a 45-year-old white male of Kingsport. He has been taken to an area medical facility for a mental status evaluation, according to a news release from the Kingsport Police Department.

This remains an active criminal investigation with charges pending. As such, no further details will be released at this time.

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s report of shots fired has been taken into custody, according to the Times News reporter who was on the scene.

For unknown reasons, an adult male suspect fired multiple gunshots either inside or in close proximity to a small apartment building, located in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive. At this time, officers have no reason to believe anyone was struck by any of the gunfire, according to a news release from the Kingsport Police Department.

Officers are in the process of reopening adjacent roadways and clearing the scene. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Betty Chambers lives in the upstairs apartment of where Friday’s standoff took place. She and her husband and two young children have lived there the past three months and have never heard anything wrong coming from the suspect’s apartment.

Chamber said the people who live below her are a man, a woman and a teenage daughter.

“I was coming home from work at Holston Valley and my husband called me at 6:30 a.m. and said he heard shooting,” Chambers said. “I could hear them through the phone, about five shots.”

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KINGSPORT — Multiple officers are responding to a report of shots fired in the 500 block of Lovedale Drive in Kingsport.

Kingsport police patrol officers arrived at the scene of a two-story apartment complex around 6:30 a.m. and are still investigating the incident. In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, some adjacent roadways have been temporarily closed for safety.

These closures include the entirety of Lovedale Drive and the section of Clinchfield Street from Center Street to Stone Drive. Citizens are asked to plan ahead and avoid the area for the time being.

The Times News reporter on the scene said some bystanders who live in the apartment were removed by SWAT around 9 a.m. and taken out the back and along Clinchfield Street. Nearby Andrew Jackson Elementary School is not on lockdown but recess will be held indoors, Kingsport City Schools officials said.

Check back for further updates as they become available.

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