Sullivan County

Law enforcement kills suspect in Bristol

Law enforcement kills suspect in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. - A deputy and another officer shot and killed a suspect during an attempt to serve a warrant on Friday night.

On Friday night officers with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office and Second Judicial Drug Task Force were attempting to serve a warrant on Kenneth Clark. Information was received that Clark was at 2504 Bay Street in Bristol, Tennessee.

Vice and Narcotics Detectives also received information that an active meth lab was in an outbuilding behind the home.

When officers approached Clark he was in a vehicle with a female. The female subject was forced out of the vehicle, at which point Clark fled the scene. Police say in the process of fleeing the scene, Clark attempted to hit officers with the vehicle. At that point shots were fired.

Clark drove to a home in Bristol, Virginia. Authorities were called and the subject was transported to the Bristol Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

As is protocol in all officer involved shootings, the TBI is handling the investigation.

Kenneth Clark had warrants out of Sullivan County for Violation of Probation. He also had outstanding warrants out of Bristol, Virginia.  

Additionally, an active meth lab was located in an outbuilding behind 2504 Bay Street. The contents of the meth operation were neutralized at the scene and then disposed of by the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force.

The Bristol, Tennseee Police Department as well as the Bristol, Tennessee Fire Department assisted in the cleanup. 


A deputy and another officer shot and killed a suspect on Friday night.

Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson said it all started when deputies tried to serve a warrant at a house on Bay Street Friday evening for a meth lab. That's when they say a man tried to run them over with a car; law enforcement shot at the car, which kept going to Randolph Street.

The man inside was shot and did not survive. No deputies were hurt. 

Sheriff Anderson said the deputies were in fear for their lives. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will look into the shooting, which is standard procedure any time law enforcement uses a weapon.

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