Kingsport Times-News: Officer involved shooting: Police seeking Hawkins man accused of attempting to run over deputies
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Officer involved shooting: Police seeking Hawkins man accused of attempting to run over deputies

Jeff Bobo • Jul 3, 2019 at 9:49 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Mooresburg man who allegedly attempted to strike a deputy with his vehicle Tuesday night, drove into an occupied patrol car, and then escaped on foot after officers opened fire.

Around 8:24 p.m., the HCSO was dispatched to Short Road in reference to a possible motor vehicle crash and shots fired.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they reportedly observed a green Honda Civic behind a residence at the dead end of the street.

As Cpl. Stacy Vaughan was approaching the vehicle, the driver, later identified by authorities as Jason Cheyene Collins, 34, 228 Clover Circle, Mooresburg, allegedly accelerated toward him.

“Cpl. Vaughn, in fear for his life, drew his service weapon and fired two shots in the direction of the oncoming vehicle as he was retreating,” said Sheriff Ronnie Lawson. “The vehicle continued west on Short Road, where it struck a parked patrol car occupied by Deputies Daniel DesOrmeaux and Jesse Harrell, and almost striking Deputy Raymond Owens with his vehicle.”

While retreating from the path of the vehicle, Owens reportedly fired one shot from a 12-gauge shotgun, with the round striking the Honda.

The vehicle then crashed at the intersection of Short Road and Slate Hill Road, and Collins fled on foot.

A search of Collins’ vehicle revealed a loaded .380-caliber handgun, according to the HCSO.

Collins is wanted on charges of two counts of attempted second-degree murder as well as numerous other offenses.

At the time of Tuesday’s incident, he was free on $1,000 bond after being charged with aggravated assault in Hawkins County.

A woman reportedly told the HCSO in May she was pulling out of her driveway on Calvary Church Road in Mooresburg when a man known to her as Jason Collins pointed a black pistol at her as he rode by on a small motorcycle. 

Anyone with information about this case or the location of Collins is asked to contact the HCSO at (423) 272-7121.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the investigation.

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