Hixson man fired 6 shots at bear in Gatlinburg hotel breezeway
The search for a bear that was shot at by a man in downtown Gatlinburg Thursday night will pick back up Friday morning.
Gatlinburg Police cited Gregory Sapp, 53, of Hixson, Tennessee, with reckless discharge of a firearm for shooting at a bear outside the Motel 6 on Ownby Street Thursday night.
"Sometime in the middle of last night, a man returned to the Motel 6 near Ski Mountain in Gatlinburg and encountered a black bear on the second floor of the breezeway," TWRA spokesperson Matt Cameron said.
According to dispatch, it happened around 11:20 p.m.
The man, who said the bear charged at him and claimed he feared for his life, drew a .45-caliber handgun and fired six shots. Gatlinburg Police said the man told them the bullets did hit the bear.
The man was not injured, dispatch said.
"The bear ran off and was not located," Cameron said. "If his statement is true about the bear acting aggressively, TWRA would not likely place any additional charges."
Agents with the TWRA will be looking for the bear Friday morning, according to the dispatcher.
Officials are continuing to investigate what happened.
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