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Jan 26, 2018

JCPD searching for suspects

On 01/26/2018 at approximately 8:12 AM, officers of the Johnson City Police Department were dispatched to Wal-Mart, 2915 W. Market Street, in reference to a shots fired call.  An investigation into the incident revealed that a patron of the business observed a white male acting suspicious while exiting Wal-Mart with several items in a buggy that were not bagged.  The patron approached the suspicious male as he was loading items into a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee and asked to see a receipt for the items.  The male jumped into the suspect vehicle as a passenger and the driver displayed what the patron believed to be a handgun and pointed it in his direction.  The patron, who has a valid handgun carry permit, fired a round from the weapon he was carrying prior to the suspects fleeing the parking lot onto W. Market Street.

A witness to the event followed the suspect vehicle onto McKinley Road off of W. Market Street for a short distance.  The driver of the suspect vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway, exited the vehicle while displaying a handgun, and ordered the witness to quit following him.  The suspects then fled the area.

The suspect vehicle is described as an early-2000’s model gray Jeep Grand Cherokee bearing Tennessee tag 6D1-5Z9.  The middle row passenger side window is covered with plastic.  It was reported stolen out of Bristol, TN on 01/21/18.  At the time of the incident, the vehicle was occupied by two males, one white and one of unknown race, and a white female.  

Officers recovered approximately $1,350 in items left by the suspects that were stolen from Wal-Mart.  No injuries or damage have been reported at this time. 

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 434-6166, or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 434-6158.

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