UPDATE: Victim identified in deadly McMinn County shooting - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

UPDATE: Victim identified in deadly McMinn County shooting

Posted: Updated:

MCMINN COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)- A McMinn County man is dead after a heated fight led to a shootout. It happened Sunday afternoon at a home in Niota.

Investigators spent the day gathering evidence, trying to figure out what led to the exchange of gunfire. In the meantime, those in the neighborhood are little uneasy about what happened on their quiet street.

"Pretty scary. Bullets can go through houses. You know, sitting in your front yard you could get hit in the head," says Chad Roderick.

Roderick lives just one street over from County Road 258 in Niota, now a crime scene.

"I was in my front and I heard a loud bang, and then four right after that, smaller bangs. It sounded like a smaller gun fire I guess. Then five, 10 minutes later, cops were swarming the neighborhood. I just walked over here and they told me someone got shot," says Roderick.

McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy says a fight between 36-year-old Jason Howard and 39-year-old Jason Watson led to a shootout between the two men.

During the exchange, Howard was shot.

"Other neighbors are telling me that another truck was involved and hit some mailboxes," says Roderick.

A woman driving that truck was rushing Howard to Athens Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

Watson is now a person of interest.

"That's who I know who lives there," says Roderick.

He says he grew up and went to school with Jason Watson.

Police confirm he lives in a trailer located behind what Roderick says is his parent's home. While he waits for all the facts to come out, he is still surprised Watson is tied to the shooting.

"I've never known him to be aggressive or anything. He's a good friend."

The shooting is still under investigation. Sheriff Joe Guy confirms that Howard was shot several times with a small caliber handgun. He also says a rifle was recovered from the pickup truck.

Stay with www.WRCBtv.com for more on this developing story.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

    Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-08-30 04:20:07 GMT
    Tony Stewart should be back in his comfort zone at a NASCAR track, ready for racing.More
    Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of...More
  • Grundy Co. Yellow Jackets Marching Band

    Grundy Co. Yellow Jackets Marching Band

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:34:57 GMT
    The Grundy County High School Band's Director says, "for a little band, they can make a good bit of noise!" To Yellow Jackets faithful and band aficionados, it is sweet music. They serenade us with Rocky Top and are our Band of the Week!More
    The Grundy County High School Band's Director says, "for a little band, they can make a good bit of noise!" To Yellow Jackets faithful and band aficionados, it is sweet music. They serenade us with Rocky Top and are our Band of the Week!More
  • UPDATE: Man killed while mowing grass when truck hit him; 3 teens inside truck also died

    UPDATE: Man killed while mowing grass when truck hit him; 3 teens inside truck also died

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:22:40 GMT
    4 teens inside truck that killed man on his lawn mower; Pinson only survivor4 teens inside truck that killed man on his lawn mower; Pinson only survivor
    Four teens were inside a vehicle that hit and killed 57-year-old Bryan Bartley while he was mowing grass on Thursday evening. Three teens also died in the tragedy. Alexis Pinson survived the crash and is improving, friends say. More
    Four teens were inside a vehicle that hit and killed 57-year-old Bryan Bartley while he was mowing grass on Thursday evening. Three teens also died in the tragedy. Alexis Pinson survived the crash and is improving, friends say. More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.