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Fugitive shot: Traffic detoured from crime scene on Blountville Highway

Ransom Eugene McCoy was fatally shot in a high-speed chase with law enforcement officers.
Mug Shot from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department

Traffic traveling down Blountville Highway around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, drivers found themselves taking a sudden and unexpected detour onto Old Stage Drive outside of the Bristol Tennessee city limits. There had been a high-speed chase which crossed state lines from Virginia and culminated in law enforcement officers shooting the suspect at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Blountville Highway near Steele Creek Park at Keith Drive. According to a late-Thursday report on the Times-News, the man has been identified as Ransom Eugene McCoy, age 45. He was accused of larceny in Washington County, Va., and theft in Sullivan County, Tenn.

Taking a glance down the road toward Bristol while pulling back out onto Blountville Highway, there were blue lights flashing and several cars in the middle of the road. It appeared that there had been some type of crash, although it was too far down the road to distinguish. What was clear was that the scene had been left untouched to facilitate an ongoing investigation.

The authorities have not released any information about which law enforcement agency actually fired the fatal shot that killed the suspect. The Virginia Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshalls and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were involved in the chase, in which the suspect rammed police vehicles and exceeded 100 mph in speed. The Sullivan County Sherriff’s Department was in charge of securing the crime scene because it occurred in their jurisdiction.

According to the Johnson City Press, law officers in Washington County, Va., had previously tried to arrest the suspect twice this week; one of those times he fled on foot. It is not known how long traffic will be detoured around the Blountville Highway investigation scene, but there is always a thorough investigation conducted when an officer fires on a suspect. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is on the scene conducting the inquiry.