Bristol, Virginia Police Major Sean Carrigan tells News 5 a chase began just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when a plainclothes Bristol, Virginia Police narcotics officer stopped a wanted suspect.
Police say once the driver recognized the officer, he sped off in the Jeep Cherokee. Authorities tell us the chase came to an end after the driver hit a fire hydrant on the Tennessee side.
The chase ended in Bristol, Tennessee resident Jerry Leonard’s front yard on East Cedar Street. "A friend called me and he was listening on the scanner,” said Jerry Leonard, resident. "He was telling me that these people were running from the police and that they had taken shots at them. He said it ended right there at my house."
Bristol, Tennessee police officers were able to take the driver and passenger into custody. King University, along with Holston View and Fairmount Elementary Schools, were placed on lockdown until the suspects were arrested.
Police tell us they exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects, but no one was hurt.
As for resident Jerry Leonard, he's glad his neighbors and property are okay. "I think it did more damage to the Jeep Cherokee than it did the yard," said Leonard.
The Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia police departments are investigating.