Attempted murder suspect in Hawkins County officer-involved shooting turns himself in


34-Year-old Jason Collins. Courtesy: Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

The man sought by Hawkins County authorities after an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday has turned himself in.

Jason C. Collins, 34, of Mooresburg, turned himself Wednesday has been charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder as well as multiple other charges.

At 8:24 p.m. Wednesday, Hawkins County Deputies arrived at a home on Short Rd after receiving a call about a possible crash and shots fired. When police arrived, they spotted a green Honda Civic sitting by the home.

A deputy attempted to talk to the driver, who was later identified as Collins.

Collins then accelerated the car towards the deputy. The deputy then fired his weapon in the direction of the car as he was getting out of the way.

According to the release, Collins kept going down the road where he hit a parked patrol car, nearly hitting another deputy.

Another deputy fired a shot from a shotgun and hit the car while he was backing away. Collins sped off again and crashed at the intersection of Short Rd and Slate Hill Rd, where he started to flee on foot.

The release says that a search of the car found a .380 caliber hand gun.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the investigation.

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