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TBI: Kingsport man involved in officer-involved shooting arrested

Kenneth Powell (Photo credit: TBI)

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said that the man involved in an officer-involved shooting last month on Interstate 81 is now behind bars.

Kenneth Powell, 25, of Kingsport was shot on May 18 after he fired shots from inside a stolen truck at a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper, according to the TBI. Powell was charged with attempted first-degree murder and was arrested Thursday and booked into the Greene County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

In a news release, the TBI stated that a trooper saw a pickup truck stopped along the southbound ramp leading to the weigh station at mile marker 21 on Interstate 81. The trooper made contact with the driver who said he had stopped because the truck was almost out of fuel. The trooper then found the truck was stolen out of Sullivan County.

The TBI added that Powell then tried to flee the area and drove the vehicle into the median. As the trooper tried to approach the driver for a second time, Powell began firing shots from inside the truck. The trooper returned fire, striking Powell, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The trooper was uninjured.

Powell has a lengthy criminal record, which dates back to 2012. Many of those are drug-related charges, including charges related to cocaine. He made his first court appearance in Greene County on Friday and remains jailed under a $200,000 bond. Powell's next court appearance is June 11.

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