CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – A manhunt has been going on in Campbell County since early Friday morning. Officials said it began with a reported stolen car out of Kentucky. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies pursued a black Chevrolet Equinox in the Ivydale community, and the ordeal continued to Exit 141 of I-75.

The pursuit continued onto Flatwoods Road where the Chevrolet crashed and came to rest in a ditch. Two black males in the stolen vehicle left out on foot after wrecking the small SUV, according to some reports.

Several La Follette Police Officers were at the practice shooting range nearby. Sgt. Noah Riggs and Officer Zack Daugherty along with K-9 Officer Goose pursued the suspects on foot. Riggs encountered one suspect who allegedly opened fire on Riggs and the two exchanged gunfire, according to LPD Chief Steve Wallen.

TWRA is also in the area, Trails 1, 2 and 3, and have sealed off the entrances and exits. The public is advised to avoid the area.

One of the suspects reportedly encountered a citizen and ask for a map, according to reports.

The men are considered armed and dangerous. A description of them includes they are dressed in red shirts and slides. The also have dreadlocks.

The U.S. Marshal Service, Caryville Police, La Follette Police and Fire and Scott County are some of the agencies working the case. Helicopters are also assisting from the air.

LFD first responders have been busy keeping everyone hydrated, and are on standby as a precaution. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/25/2023-7:45PM-UPDATED 08/25/2023-9:30PM)