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Grayson
01-04-2007, 18:42
http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Detail.php?Cat=HOMEPAGE&ID=58483


By Kristen Swing
Press Staff Writer
kswing@johnsoncitypress.com

A shootout between Johnson City police and a man wanted on out-of-state charges ended in bloodshed Wednesday afternoon.

Officers arrived at the Roan Centre parking lot, 1805 N. Roan St., minutes after 2 p.m. Wednesday to serve a warrant on Steve Rupard, 22.

Authorities had received word that Rupard, whose last known address was 1801 N. Roan St., was leaving his home and heading toward the shopping center.

“As they approached Mr. Rupard, he opened fire on the officers. There were several rounds fired at the officers from a semi-automatic handgun of some kind,” said Johnson City Police Chief John Lowry. “It started in the parking lot proper and then moved behind the building. Two officers fired guns, to the best of my knowledge.”

Rupard, who was wanted out of Pennsylvania for failing to appear on a simple assault charge and terrorist threats with the intent to terrorize another, was killed as a result of the shootout.

He died a short time after being transported via ambulance from the scene to an area hospital.

“One of our K9s, Tigger, was shot in the incident also. Tigger was released by his handler to try to apprehend the suspect,” Lowry said. “He was shot in the front leg and the bullet passed through and clipped an artery.”

The police dog underwent surgery a couple hours after being shot and was expected to make a full recovery from his injuries, authorities said.

No one else was injured in the incident, despite the close proximity to several busy restaurants and businesses.

“I think the quick response from the police department and those officers probably saved an innocent bystander’s life,” said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Robert Denney, who is now heading an investigation into the incident. “They really did protect the public out there.”

Authorities had yet to determine exactly how many shots were fired during the incident. However, Lowry said he believes his officers “followed the use-of-force protocol” in returning fire at Rupard.

“They did everything they could to approach this situation safely,” Lowry added.

Authorities would not immediately release the names of those officers who fired shots during the incident. No officers had been put on any kind of leave as of late Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the police department was working to provide the officers with assistance to “lessen the trauma” of the incident, Lowry said.

The TBI was called in by District Attorney General Tony Clark at the request of the Johnson City Police Department to conduct an investigation into the incident. That investigation is continuing, however no charges are expected.

THAT'S a little close for comfort!!! :shocked:

BilboTN
01-15-2007, 10:11
That happened a couple of miles from my parent's house.

Chuck66
01-30-2007, 20:30
My wife drove by it all on the way to lunch. Never like to see things like this. Even worse when it comes close to those you love, even if they were never in danger.