Hawkins County deputies shoot, kill suspect following pursuit into Virginia

SCOTT COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – A suspect is dead following a police pursuit that started in Hawkins County, Tennessee and ended with gunfire in Scott County, Virginia Thursday night.

According to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a suspect wanted for outstanding warrants when the man fled into Scott County, Virginia.

Hawkins County Sheriff, Ronnie Lawson, said the vehicle came to a stop in the middle of Upper Possum Creek Road and the suspect got out of the vehicle pointing a shotgun at Hawkins County deputies.

“We had one or two officers responding to assist them,” Capt. Jim Benton, with Scott County, Va. Sheriff’s Office, said. “At some point, about a mile or a little less into Scott County, the vehicle stopped and turned the car a little bit sideways in the road, which what I’ve seen from the pictures look like a defensive position.”

Benton said there were two people in the car and the driver came out of the vehicle and pulled out a 12 gauge shotgun.

“When he started to raise it towards the Hawkins County officers, they opened fire and he was killed.”

The victim’s name was not released as they are still notifying next of kin.

“It’s really early in the investigation right now and there just isn’t a whole lot that I can say,” Benton said.

Benton said he doesn’t believe any police officers were injured in the incident.

Sheriff Lawson defends the actions of his deputies. “On behalf of my deputies, I fully support their actions — which was 100% justified,” said Lawson.

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