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Police: Accused shoplifter hinted that he would shoot cop, challenged to fight

March 18th, 2014 4:34 pm by Rain Smith, NET News Service

Police: Accused shoplifter hinted that he would shoot cop, challenged to fight

Tony Massengill

KINGSPORT — A man facing misdemeanor shoplifting charges picked up a felony offense while being transported to the Kingsport city jail, as he allegedly made veiled threats to shoot the officer and challenged him to pull over so they could go, "toe to toe."

Monday at 7:30 p.m. Kingsport police were called to Walmart on West Stone Drive. According to a KPD incident report, loss prevention had observed a man conceal $57 worth of tools.

The suspect, identified as Tony Massengill, 35, told a responding officer that he was from Hiltons, Va., but carried no identification. Loss prevention stated they would fill out an affidavit related to the alleged theft, with Kingsport police placing Massengill under arrest for shoplifting.

More details are available from our partners at the Kingsport Times-News.

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