Suspect in hospital after shootout with McGhee Tyson Airport officer

Suspect in hospital after shootout with McGhee Tyson Airport officer

January 21, 2007

MARYVILLE (WATE) -- One man was injured in a shootout with a McGhee Tyson Airport Authority officer early Sunday morning, and another man was injured in an earlier shooting with the suspect.

No officers were injured.

Police say the first shooting happened around 3 a.m. at an apartment on Highway 411, just inside the Maryville city limits.

According to police, Christopher Ross, 22, was shot in the face during an argument.

Maryville police investigating the shooting sent out an notice to other officers to be on the lookout for the suspect, who was believed to be driving a gray Toyota pickup truck.

When an Airport Authority police officer spotted a vehicle matching that description, the officer tried to stop the driver on Alcoa Highway at the Hunt Road overpass. But the suspect stepped out of truck and fired several rounds at the officer's vehicle.

The officer fired back through his windshield, striking the suspect twice, but the suspect was able to get back into his vehicle and flee on Alcoa Highway, before turning left onto Wrights Ferry Road.

The suspect got only about a mile down the road before he stopped at the intersection of Wrights Ferry and Airbase roads and fell out of his vehicle.

A Blount County sheriff's deputy and an Alcoa police officer, responding to reports of the shooting, took the suspect in custody. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police have not released the name of the suspect or any of the officers involved because the suspect has not yet been formally charged. 

Charges are expected to be filed on Monday.

 

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