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Suspect in alleged Hawkins shooting charged with criminal impersonation

Jeff Bobo • Sep 27, 2018 at 9:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man told police he was riding his bicycle along Highway 11-W west of Rogersville Monday night when he came upon a pedestrian who fired a revolver at him.

When Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Nathan Simpson located the suspect, he was reportedly uncooperative and gave the wrong name and date of birth, but no firearm was located.

The suspect, Agon Tyler Short, 22, 175 Austin Mill Road, Rogersville, was charged with criminal impersonation and as of Thursday remained held in the Hawkins County Jail.

HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen told the Times News Thursday that although no revolver was located, the alleged victim’s account of his encounter with Short seemed credible to the responding deputies due to how “shaken up” he was.

The incident remains under investigation, Allen said Thursday.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday, Simpson responded to a shooting complaint at the victim’s residence on Helton Hollow Road.

The man stated he was riding his bicycle east on 11-W near the Cherokee Lake bridge when he encountered an unknown male walking in the roadway.

“(The victim) stated he attempted to talk to the male, and the man (in the roadway) started shooting at him with what appeared to be a revolver,” Simpson stated in his report. “(The victim) said he had a flashlight and had placed it on him (the shooter) prior to the shooting.”

Simpson acquired a description of the shooter and then went to that area of 11-W west of Rogersville, where he located Short, who matched the description, in the Lakeview Grocery parking lot.

The victim was escorted by the HCSO to Lakeview Grocery where he positively identified Short as the man who fired shots at him.

Although Short was uncooperative and allegedly provided a false first name and date of birth, he didn’t have a firearm.

The HCSO was unable to locate a gun or evidence of a shooting.

Short is scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Sessions Court again on Oct. 3.

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