Kingsport standoff ends in shooting

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - UPDATE 12:50 p.m.: Jeffrey Chase Caldwell is listed as being in serious condition at Holston Valley Hospital.

We'll have more details for you online and tonight on News 5 WCYB.


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting of a man by a Kingsport police officer.

It happened Tuesday morning at 1:30 a.m. as officers received a call that a possibly wanted person was at a home in the 1300 block of Watauga Street.

Police tell News 5 officers arrived and found the man, identified as Jeffrey Chase Caldwell, who pulled a weapon and began a long standoff. He told officers he 'would not go back to jail'. Caldwell was wanted on warrants from Sullivan and Hawkins Counties on charges relating to a theft on Watauga Street.

For the next two-and-a-half hours, police say Caldwell made threats to hurt himself and the officers. The department says at 4:30 a.m., the man made what officers considered 'threatening moves' toward them and he was shot.

Caldwell was taken to a Holston Valley Hospital for treatment and is scheduled to undergo surgery.

We're told the home where the incident occurred belongs to the parents of Caldwell's girlfriend, where he was staying while the owners were out of town.

The TBI and the Kingsport Police Department are both investigating what happened, which is common procedure when there is an officer-involved shooting.

News 5 WCYB's Meredith Machen is getting the facts on this story. She'll have more updates online and a live report on News 5 at Noon.

The following is a mugshot of Caldwell from a previous arrest in Sullivan County:

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