TBI: Suspect found dead in shooting that injured 2 Kingsport officers

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the suspect who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Kingsport.

The suspect has been identified as Hugh Kyle Hurd, 58, of Kingsport.

The incident happened in the 1900 block of Manor Court at in the Ridgefields community on Thursday afternoon.

Kingsport police responded to the home around 2:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a man threatening to harm himself and one of his neighbors.

Officers found out, Hurd was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a previous charge of aggravated stalking involving a different neighbor.

Police also learned that Hurd was in possession of a firearm.

Hugh Hurd (source: Kingsport Police Department)

Upon arrival, officers learned that the suspect had barricaded himself inside the residence. A perimeter was set up by officers and KPD SWAT Team was called in to assist.

Officers said they tried to talk to Hurd, but he refused to come to the door and reportedly barricaded himself inside.

According to a release, a reverse 911 call was sent out to people in the neighborhood and instructed everyone to stay indoors.

“Reverse 911 call went out to neighborhood warning people of an emergency situation with instructions to stay inside,” KPD spokesperson Tom Patton said.

“At one point the suspect managed to barricade himself inside his condominium, and there was a surrounding of the condominium by officers,” Patton said. “They called in the SWAT Team and additional resources, and while they were formulating a plan…. there was a gunfire exchange.”

Around 4:45 p.m., police said the Hurd came out of his condominium, armed with a firearm and there was an “immediate exchange of gunfire between him and the officers. He then retreated back inside his condominium.”

Police said the shots from Hurd struck two Kingsport police officers.

Around 6:00 p.m., the SWAT team entered the home and found the suspect dead, according to the KPD.

The case, since it is officer-involved, will be investigated by the TBI.

“The exact cause and manner of his death remains under investigation, pending an autopsy, and will not be released at this time,” said KPD.

The injured officers were taken to the hospital for treatment. One of the officers was treated and released, while the other officer remains hospitalized. The names of the officers have not been revealed at this time.

Special agents, we are told, will continue to interview witnesses in connection to the case.

Throughout the night, special agent forensic scientists with the Violent Crime Response Team responded and collected evidence.

Kingsport police officials said the scene in the neighborhood has been deemed safe and residents are allowed to return to their homes.

The following is a statement from KPD.

“As is the case with any officer-involved shooting, in an effort to maintain complete transparency with the community, the Kingsport Police Department contacted the Office of the 2nd Judicial District Attorney with a request for an independent investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division will also conduct a parallel in-house investigation.

The department has received an outpouring of support from the community in the form of phone calls, text messages, emails, social media posts, and even food deliveries expressing thoughts and prayers for everyone involved. For this, the Kingsport Police Department would like to express sincere heartfelt gratitude.

As this is now an active multi-agency investigation, no additional details can or will be released at this time.”

Patton told us the minutes after learning that a fellow officer had been shot was a “very tense” time for the police department.

“It’s a very difficult, emotional situation, but our officers are professionals and they’ve done a good job here tonight,” Patton said.

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