Kingsport man charged with attempted murder of police officer, neighbor

Mark Dorton

A Kingsport man was charged with attempted murder Wednesday night after allegedly shooting a rifle toward an officer and another man.

Mark Dorton
Mark Dorton

Police were called to the 1000 block of Burns Street around 8 p.m. Wednesday on a report of someone yelling and screaming. While an officer was investigating this and speaking to a neighbor, he noticed a man later identified as Mark A. Dorton, 38, 1023 Burns St., come out of his house and begin shouting profanity.

The officer reported hearing a gunshot and seeing dirt kick up from the ground about 35 feet in front of him and the man with whom he was speaking.

Both men ducked for cover and heard another shot, police said.

The responding officer said he saw Dorton holding a rifle. He confronted Dorton and ordered him to put down the weapon, which he eventually did.

Police recovered a .22-caliber rifle from Dorton and seized other firearms from his home. The rifle he was holding had a spent shell casing in the chamber, as did another rifle in his home, according to police.

According to police, Dorton “apologized for his behavior and attempted to excuse his actions by stating that he had been drinking.”

He was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and taken to Kingsport City Jail. His arraignment was arraigned Thursday and given $50,000 bond. He was still in jail as of noon Thursday awaiting transfer to the Sullivan County jail in Blountville.

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