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Neighbors not surprised by Meigs shooting

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MEIGS COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- A "no trespassing" sign and security cameras tells one story outside a gated home Holly Glen Road.

Inside the gates Meigs County investigators say Mitchell Delashmitt was shot in the chest by Wendell Beaty Tuesday night.

News of the shooting rocked the small Cottonport community, but didn't phase long-time resident Johnny Fairbanks.

"It didn't really surprise me. I had been looking for something like this all along. So no. No surprises."

Delashmitt is no stranger to trouble.

In 2003 he was convicted of killing his 14-month-old daughter and pleaded to a lesser charge.

At that time he was sentenced to time served and five years probation.

Lt. Scotty Wiggins says Delashmitt went there looking for the property owner and wasn't a familiar face.

"According to Wendell he had never seen him before and didn't know him."

Beaty let Delashmitt in the home then chaos erupted.

Lt Wiggins says, "At some point during that time an altercation broke out and Delashmitt had been shot."

It's unusual for this community, but Fairbanks says trouble had been brewing lately.

"Down below there by the trailer there is a lot going on."

Delashmitt was flown to Erlanger, but why he was shot hasn't been answered.

Fairbanks believes the incident may have been a botched robbery.

"Well if a fella started at me with a knife, I guess I'd shoot him too."

Police tell us Delashmitt is stable condition and they have not spoken with him.

So far no charges have been filed.

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