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Suspects await extradition after dramatic police chase crosses Bristol, VA/TN lines

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Bristol, VA police arrested 22-year-old Jonathan Vinson and charged him with accessory to attempted capital murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office) Bristol, VA police arrested 22-year-old Jonathan Vinson and charged him with accessory to attempted capital murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)
BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) -

Two suspects are in jail  following a dramatic police pursuit that erupted in gunfire after two suspects realized they were being tailed by undercover officers.

Bristol, VA police arrested 22-year-old Jonathan Vinson and charged him with accessory to attempted capital murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A 17-year-old in the getaway vehicle has been charged with attempted capital murder after undercover detectives say the passenger rolled down the window, leaned out of the window and opened fire at the detective's car  -- striking it. 

That chase began in Bristol, VA,  and quickly crossed state lines before ending near King University after the suspect's Jeep slammed into a fire hydrant. 

Investigators say both suspects fled from the car. Bristol investigators told News Channel 11 the detective fired shots at Vinson and he quickly surrendered.

Moments later, the Bristol, Virginia SWAT team captured the teen in a nearby alley. 

Both suspects are currently being held in Tennessee, awaiting extradition to Virginia.


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A high speed chase that involved an exchange of gunfire on the streets of Bristol Tennessee and Virginia was still being investigated  Tuesday night by local and state police.

Two people who fled from an undercover Bristol Virginia patrol officer were arrested near the campus of King University Tuesday afternoon.   A Bristol Virginia narcotics officer in an unmarked car tried to stop a Jeep carrying two people near Mary Street.   Police say that turned into a chase during which police said someone in the Jeep fired at the police car striking it once.    When the Jeep hit a fire hydrant near the corner of East Cedar Street and Golf Street, the men in the Jeep ran.   One of the suspects ran toward the King University campus.  The other suspect hid in a wooded area nearby. A Bristol Virginia Police Officer fired at least one shot at the men running toward campus before arresting the suspect.   Officers arrived and found the other suspect hiding in the woods. 

No one was wounded.

See the article below for more details.

Tuesday night, Bristol Tennessee Police said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations assigned an officer to look at the circumstances surrounding the Bristol Virginia Police officer-involved gunfire right before the arrest.    The involvement of the TBI was standard protocol and requested by District Attorney General Barry Staubus, police said.

As of 9:30 p.m., Bristol Virginia Police had not released the names of the suspects arrested or any detail about charges filed.  Police did confirm that one of the suspects is a juvenile.


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Two people are in custody in Bristol after chase involving gunfire that crossed the state line into Bristol, Tennessee.

The chase began around 2:30 p.m. in Bristol, Virginia when an undercover police patrol tried to pull over a Jeep Cherokee.

News Channel 11’s Mike Lamia reports one of the people in the Jeep realized they were being followed by police, and a chase began.

During that chase, someone in the car started firing shots at the undercover squad car, police said.

The chase crossed into Bristol, Tennessee. The Jeep crashed into a fire hydrant at the corner of East Cedar Street and Golf Street near King University.

Police said the two people jumped out of the vehicle and ran, waving their guns. Officers fired at the suspects but no one was hit and no one was injured.

Both suspects were taken to the Bristol, Tennessee jail.  

King University officials confirmed the campus was on lockdown, but the lockdown was lifted a short time later. 

News Channel 11 is still at the wreck scene and will have live reports starting at 5 p.m..


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Shots were fired in an incident that ended in Bristol, Tenn., Tuesday afternoon, but not much more information was readily available.Two people were reportedly in custody after what appeared from police radio transmissions to be a chase in Bristol, Tenn. It was not immediately clear when or where the shots were fired or if anyone was hurt.

Bristol, Tenn., detectives were interviewing two people about an incident that may have begun in Virginia Tuesday, according to police.

Police were searching the area near King University earlier this afternoon, prior to the arrests.

Keep checking WJHL.com and watch on air tonight beginning at 5 p.m. for more information on this developing story.

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