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Shots fired call ends with attempted murder arrest

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- A dispute between a man and his girlfriend lands him behind bars, charged with attempted murder.

Chattanooga Police Sergeant Jerri Weary tells Channel 3, it all began around 11:00 Sunday night when officers were called to E. 8th Street on a report of shots fired.

Weary says nothing was located, but says officers were called a second time and arrived to find 24-year-old Richmond Edward Raines walking the street with an assault rifle.

The investigation shows Raines fired a shot into the air around 11:00 p.m., and fired a second shot into his apartment building just before midnight.

Police say the suspect then went to his ex-girlfriend's apartment, armed with the rifle. Sarah Johnston told police Raines allegedly threatened to harm her for calling his parents and advising them of his threat to harm himself.

Weary says Raines left Johnston's apartment after she refused to answer the door. A witness, Andrew Guinn, told police the suspect hit his car as he sped away in his black Camaro. Guinn says he was taking pictures of the damage when Raines returned with the rifle.

Weary says Guinn talked the suspect into unloading the weapon before police arrived and arrested him.

Police obtained a search warrant for Raines' apartment and car and found three handguns, another rifle, several boxes of ammunition and numerous combat styles knives.   

He is charged with aggravated burglary, reckless endangerment, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, possession of a handgun while under the influence, vandalism/malicious mischief, and attempted first degree murder in the incident.

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