KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Tuesday in Anderson County. A reward has been offered in the search for the suspect identified as Jason Dockery.
Wednesday evening, The Lee County, Va. Sheriff Gary Parsons said the sheriff’s office had confirmed that Dockery had left Lee County, Virginia, but because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, no further information could be released.
The Lee County, Va. Sheriff’s Office stated in an update Wednesday morning that Dockery is wanted for violations of probation for aggravated assault in Tennessee. The pursuit on Tuesday began in Claiborne County, Tenn., and ended in Ewing, Va. “at which time the alleged suspect ran into the woods” around 3 p.m.
“A unified command has been established by all agencies, which not only include the previously mentioned, but also the Virginia State Police; National Park Service, DCR/Virginia State Parks Law Enforcement Rangers; and the Blount County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, and a host of partner agency officers and K-9 teams,” a press release from Lee County, Va. Sheriff’s Office stated Wednesday morning. “Officers continue to search areas of interest and respond to tips. At present, there is no factual basis to believe the fugitive has left the Ewing, Virginia area and citizens are urged to stay vigilant, keep their doors locked and vehicles secured.”
Wednesday afternoon, ACSO identified the victim killed in the shooting as Shysti Ranea Mayberry.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim and we are grateful for the assistance of so many other agencies.” Anderson County Sheriff Russell Barker remarked.
The U.S. Marshals Service is offering up to a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the apprehension of Dockery.
On Tuesday, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting took place in the 200 block of Moores Gap Road in the Heiskell area on Sept. 12. The sheriff’s office is actively gathering information and working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
On Tuesday, Dockery was been identified and authorities were attempting to locate him in Lee County, Virginia.
Police began pursuing Dockery in Claiborne County. According to Claiborne County Sheriff Bob Brooks, Dockery stopped in the Speedwell area and left an infant at a home before spurring the chase.
The Dockery’s vehicle was found abandoned in the Ewing area of Lee County and a search remains ongoing. Residents in the Ewing area and the western end of the county to shelter in place as police search for the suspect.
“The primary focus remains on ensuring the safety and security of the community while diligently working to determine the events that led to this unfortunate incident. As the investigation progresses, the Sheriff’s Office will provide updates to the public as necessary, while also respecting the sensitivity and privacy of those involved,” reads a release from ACSO.
ACSO is asking anyone with information about the shooting to report it as it may assist in the ongoing investigation. The sheriff’s office added that the shooting is an isolated incident and there is no cause for concern for the community.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated.