Standoff In Blountville; Several Law Enforcement Agencies Involved

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - Several law enforcement agencies are on the scene of a standoff in Blountville, Tennessee after a car chase involving a murder suspect this morning.

At a press conference about the case, authorities said 42-year-old Junior Kemper Spradlin of Ellis Road in Blountville was wanted by the Abingdon Police Department for a second degree murder charge.

The U.S. Marshals Service was looking for Spradlin this morning when they encountered him on the road at about 11:25 a.m. He fled and the Marshals chased him on Route 394 toward Blountville. Spradlin made it to a double-wide trailer at 394 Ellis Road. Spradlin locked himself inside the trailer and refused to come out.

The U.S. Marshals were then joined at the scene by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, SWAT teams from Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

At 1 p.m. officers fired 6 to 7 rounds of tear gas into the home, but Spradlin still did not come out. Authorities then attempted to phone him but he hung up on them.

As of 4 p.m. no shots have been fired and a heat sensor at the scene confirmed he was still alive and inside the home.

The Abingdon Police Department did not comment on the details of the second degree murder charge.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more details as the story develops.

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