Shooting suspect named

  From Staff Reports
  BRISTOL -- Police identified Sunday the only suspect in the Saturday night shooting of a Bristol Tennessee Police Department officer while in the line of duty.
  According to Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Barry Staubus, Nickolus L. Johnson, 26, of Bristol, Va., has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old BTPD Officer Mark Vance.
  According to a released statement from the department, Johnson allegedly shot Vance at 9:22 p.m. while Vance was responding to a domestic violence call at 427 Belmont Dr. accompanied by two other officers.
  Johnson apparently shot Vance in the head as soon as he entered the residence, according to the statement. Afterward, he and additional occupants of the house tried to get away but were caught by other officers on the scene.
  Vance was taken to the Bristol Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He had been an employee of the BTPD for approximately 5 years, 1 1/2 years as a full-time sworn officer and 3 1/2 years as an auxiliary officer.
  According to police, Johnson has a violent criminal history with a previous charge of "malicious wounding" in Bristol, Va. in 1997. Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison for that offense.
  He is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on a $500,000 bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled today.