EPD chief says shooting investigation will take time

Published 4:14 pm Friday, January 28, 2022

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR STAFF
Investigators are still piecing together what happened during a home invasion that left an Elizabethton man recovering from multiple gunshots on Wednesday.
The incident took place at 9 p.m. at 106 VIP Road. The homeowner, 30-year-old Kyle Thompson, received multiple gunshot wounds when an unidentified assailant broke into his residence. Thompson’s condition has been updated from critical to stable at a local hospital allowing investigators to meet with him.
Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw said that initial reports of a manhunt by some local media outlets were inaccurate.
“To have a manhunt, there has to be an identified subject and right now that is not the case,” Shaw said. “That is why we advised the public to go on with their normal routine because we are still investigating evidence at the scene and our investigators have visited the hospital to see if the victim could provide any information as well.”
An initial police release described the unidentified suspect as a white male with a thin build and wearing a ski mask.
Shaw added that if anyone knows anything about the shooting, they should notify the Elizabethton Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 423-542-4141 or submit an anonymous tip through the Tip411 line by texting TIPEPD and the tip to 847411.
He shared a way that the residents around the area of the shooting could help.
“If anyone has a camera mounted outside their home near where the incident took place, we would appreciate if they would just go back and review their footage to see if their camera may have caught something out of the ordinary and contact us to let us know,” Shaw said.
In cases such as this, Shaw said it’s almost like putting together a puzzle to build a case against a suspect. The EPD picked up the case after the Carter County Sheriff’s Department had been initially dispatched to the scene but as the investigation evolved, it was discovered that the parcel where the shooting occurred was in the city.
Shaw said the department informed Milligan University, which was in the vicinity of the shooting, and classes proceeded as normal on Thursday morning.

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