Investigation continues into McMinn County shooting death
ATHENS, TN (WRCB) -- McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy says the investigation into the weekend shooting that left one man dead remains under investigation.
Jason Howard, 36, died Sunday at Athens Regional Medical center as a result of gunshot wounds he received during an apparent argument and shootout at the a residence of Jason Watson at 165 County Road 258.
Howard went to Watson's residence armed with a rifle, and Watson produced a small caliber handgun. When several shots were fired by both men, Howard was mortally wounded.
The Sheriff said that investigation indicated that the two men had been involved in an ongoing dispute for several weeks. No previous reports about the dispute had been reported to the Sheriff's Office or 911. No arrests have been made in relation to the incident.
"An autopsy was conducted on Mr. Howard yesterday at UT Medical Center," said Sheriff Joe Guy. "Once we have those results, we will consult further with the DA's office about possibly taking the case to the July session of the McMinn County Grand Jury. Other evidence has been sent to the TBI Crime Lab."