Washington County VA

Man indicted in shootout with trooper sentenced on weapon charge

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - A man suspected of shooting at a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer was sentenced to over 17 years in prison in federal court Monday after pleading guilty in February 2014 to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Derrick Dakota Kitzmiller, 22, of Gray, Tennessee admitted to using firearms purchased in December 2012 to shoot at a trooper in January 2013 after a chase.

Troopers said on January 3, 2013, dispatch received a call from a driver complaining about being tailgated.

When a trooper tried to stop that car the chase started around mile marker 51 on Interstate 81 northbound.

The pursuit ended at Hog Hollow Road when the car lost control.  

THP said shots were fired, but no one was hurt.

Investigators said Jennifer Russell was at the scene at the time of the shootout.  

Russell pleaded guilty to buying guns for Kitzmiller.

She's scheduled to be sentenced August 4th.

In March 2013 a grand jury out of Washington County, Tennessee indicted Kitzmiller on a charge of attempted first degree murder.

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