KINGSPORT, Tenn. — A Kingsport man was shot dead Monday after authorities say he dragged a Sullivan County deputy alongside the SUV he was driving.
Terry R. Frost, 32, of Kingsport, was shot after officers attempted to serve active arrest warrants on him, according to a statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. TBI was asked to investigate at the request of county District Attorney General Barry Staubus.
Just before 1:30 p.m., deputies with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received information that Frost was at a home on Pennsylvania Road, a rural part of the county west of the Kingsport city limits. Deputies responded and observed Frost running from the residence, according to TBI.
A short time later, Frost was spotted on Diana Avenue, getting into an SUV driven by a woman. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and ordered the woman out of the SUV. At that point, Frost jumped into the driver’s seat. As one of the deputies attempted to pull Frost from the SUV, Frost accelerated the vehicle, dragging the deputy alongside the vehicle, according to TBI.
The deputy fired shots at Frost, striking him. The SUV continued to travel a short distance before coming to a stop next to a home located in the 2000 block of Diana Avenue.
Frost was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The deputy was also injured. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.
Neither the TBI nor the Sheriff’s Office is releasing the deputy’s name or condition at this time.
Frost was wanted on charges of felony reckless endangerment, felony evading, vandalism, criminal impersonation, driving on a suspended license and violation of traffic control device, records show.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation. TBI will present its findings to the district attorney general.