Hunt for suspect accused of shooting Tennessee officer at traffic stop intensifies

The search for a suspect accused of opening fire on a Tennessee police officer in a traffic stop escalated after the shooter’s car was found in another state.

Reporter Stephanie LaChance from WTVC , with information from local law enforcement, tweeted out he updates of the case.

“East Ridge Police Chief Stan Allen confirms an officer was shot at traffic stop off of Ringgold Road,” she wrote on Sunday afternoon. “What we know at this time: The officer is in stable conditions at Erlanger Hospital. The suspect is NOT in custody and drove off after firing at the officer.”  

The officer who was shot was later identified as Corporal Terry Prescott.

Her another tweet read , “UPDATE: Georgia State Patrol found the suspect’s car located off of Paige Road in Rossville,” she wrote. “Chief Stan Allen says the suspect had fled on foot before they found his car. The vehicle registration is under as Christopher Kitts and he’s considered armed and dangerous.”

LaChance later moved out across state lines in Catoosa County, near lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park. She reported that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was set up there along with the East Ridge police, though not yet connected to the officer shooting.

Following her arrival, she again tweeted, “#BREAKING MORE SHOTS FIRED,” LaChance tweeted. “In the woods next to where we were parked across from Lake Winnie law enforcement told everyone to leave. More shots rang out and people ran to their cars.”