EPD officers respond to report of gunfire in home

Published 9:33 am Friday, June 19, 2015

A local man may face charges after police responded to a call of a man inside a city home shooting a gun Wednesday night.
Around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, officers of the Elizabethton Police Department went to a home on Tipton Street after several individuals called 911 to report a man was inside the home with a revolver and had fired shots.
When officers arrived, they spoke with several people in the road near the home and were told the man was still inside.
“They advised he was extremely intoxicated and had become upset after learning one of the subjects was moving from the residence,” EPD Capt. Joy Shoun said. “They reported that he then retrieved a revolver and shot in the direction of one of the subjects in the home, with the bullet striking the wall.”
The people then left the house and called 911.
Officers attempted to get the man to leave the house, but he cursed at officers and remained in the home, Shoun said.
The Department’s Special Response Team responded to the home and set off canisters of pepper spray in the home in an attempt to get the man to come outside, Shoun said. The man did not leave the house, but officers saw him sitting unclothed and unarmed in the kitchen floor, Shoun added.
The Special Response Team then entered the home and took the man, whose name has not yet been released, into custody. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment due to his high level of intoxication and also treatment for possible injuries, Shoun said.
Charges are pending at this time and Shoun said more information will be released at a later time.

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