Police investigating shooting incident in Roan Mountain

Published 9:59 am Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Police are investigating a shooting incident in Roan Mountain on Sunday afternoon that sent one man to a local hospital with injuries.

Shortly after 4 p.m., deputies with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Honeycutt Road in Roan Mountain in reference to a shooting.

When deputies arrived they spoke with Jordan Johnson, who told them he had shot a man at his home at 243 Buck Mountain Road around 3:45 p.m. Johnson identified the man he shot as Wade Cordell.

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“Mr. Johnson stated that Mr. Cordell, Mr. Dylan McClellan, an unknown white male, and a female came to his house, asking about a shotgun that was taken,” CCSO Deputy Cody James said, adding Jordan said the woman stayed in the car while the three men came to his door.

According to Johnson, Cordell asked him to give him a shotgun that had been taken from Cordell’s residence. Johnson said he told Cordell he would not give him the gun because it was his and had been recovered from Cordell’s home.

“Mr. Cordell stated that if he didn’t give him the gun back he would burn Mr. Johnson’s house down,” James said.

While the men were at his door, Johnson said Cordell got into an altercation with McClellan.

“He told Mr. Cordell to stop and to leave his property as he stepped off his front porch and pulled out a firearm,” James said. “He then stated that Mr. Cordell then pulled out a firearm to use it against him. Mr. Johnson stated that he felt threatened and aimed his weapon at Mr. Cordell and shot him towards the leg and midsection of his body.”

Cordell was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. According to hospital staff, Cordell was being held in the ICU unit on Monday night.

Johnson said after he fired his weapon, he and McClellan left his home and went to his parent’s house on Honeycutt Road.

Deputies interviewed McClellan about the incident, and James said his statement matched Johnson’s.

“Mr. McClellan also stated that he was walking down Hampton Creek Road when the car with Mr. Cordell and the other two unknown individuals pulled up beside him and told him to get in the car,” James said. “He stated that he didn’t feel comfortable about getting in the car but didn’t have any option as to avoid them or go anywhere else.”

“Mr. McClellan stated when they were on Mr. Johnson’s front porch he asked Mr. Cordell what was going to happen since Mr. Johnson refused to give him the gun back, and that’s when he got punched in the face by Mr. Cordell,” James continued.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said the investigation into the incident is still ongoing at this time and charges are pending.