Johnson City Police Shootout Leaves Suspect Dead

Johnson City, Tenn. (AP) -- Johnson City Police say officers attempting to serve a warrant ended up in a shootout Wednesday afternoon that left the suspect dead.

Police Chief John Lowry said three officers had pulled into the parking lot of a shopping center close to the last known address of 22-year-old Steve Rupard as Rupard came walking through the lot.

Lowry said when Rupard saw the officers he began running at them and firing. The officers, whose names have not been released, returned fire, hitting Rupard.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Johnson City Medical Center. He had been wanted in Pennsylvania for failure to appear in court on charges of simple assault and making threats with the intent to terrorize another.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into the shooting. No action has been taken against the officers.

A police dog was shot during the exchange and had to have surgery.

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