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SWAT arrests alleged gang member at Kingsport home

Staff report • Jul 2, 2019 at 11:51 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Mount Carmel man — who is reportedly a high-ranking member of the Vice Lords gang — has been apprehended after alleged threats to shoot police officers.

According to a Tuesday press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Dustin Keith Overbay, 35, was arrested Friday on Skyland Drive in Kingsport. He was wanted on felony warrants in both Sullivan and Hawkins counties, had previously eluded police and was considered to be armed and dangerous.

SCSO vice and narcotics detectives confirmed Overbay was at the home, which is the residence of Matthew Carpenter, 36, and Carpenter's elderly grandmother. Carpenter also had an active warrant for violation of probation.

SWAT members from both the SCSO and Kingsport Police Department descended on the location to find Overbay in the living room with a .38 caliber pistol. Carpenter was located in the downstairs of the residence with a sawed-off shotgun and a semi-automatic pistol stolen out of Kingsport, according to police.

A third man, Brian Belcher, 34, of Kingsport, was in the garage. He had an active warrant for his arrest out of Virginia. Police say approximately 3 grams of meth was also located in the residence. They added that Carpenter's grandmother was not involved in the incident and does not face charges.

Overbay was arrested on the outstanding warrant and was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The SCSO press release references Overbay as “a high-ranking member of the Vice Lords gang” — adding that he knew he was wanted and had "made threats to shoot officers if they tried to arrest him." 

Carpenter was charged with maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Carpenter was additionally charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility, as he was found to have meth while being booked into the Sullivan County Jail.

Belcher was charged with being a fugitive from justice from Scott County for violation of probation. That was related to previous charges of possession of Schedule I and Schedule II narcotics. He is awaiting extradition to Virginia.

All suspects remain jailed without bond. Police say an investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

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