Property owner shoots suspected thief
MCMINN COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- A shooting Wednesday morning has left one man injured and another man in custody, according to the McMinn County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Steve Frisbie said the shooting occurred just before 11 o'clock this morning on County Road 287 in north McMinn County.
Frisbie said it appeared the shooting was result of a man taking the law into his own hands after allegedly catching thieves on his property making off with junk cars.
Sheriff's deputies have taken the property owner into custody and may charge him with two counts of aggravated assault.
According to the statement given to the sheriff's department, a witness saw the alleged theft occurring and alerted the property owner, who came to the scene and caught the men in the act. He then chased after the men, firing several shots.
One shot struck the driver of a van, who was alleged to be have been involved in the theft, and another struck the gas tank of a wrecker rollback being used to haul off the car. The involvement of the wrecker driver was unclear.
The shooting victim was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital and information on his condition was not available.
Charges are pending on the occupants in the van and on the wrecker driver. The investigation is continuing.