A quiet Saturday morning was brought to an abrupt halt this morning when the Monteagle Police Department was dispatched to reports of shots fired at the Marathon service station. Upon arriving on the scene, police found a female clerk had sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
She was transported to a Chattanooga hospital and has undergone surgery and is listed in stable condition. The assailant apparently left the scene on foot and their remains were later found 200 yards away. Preliminary investigation indicates that the assailant succumbed to a self inflicted gunshot. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) was requested to assist with the investigation. The suspected assailant’s identification is being withheld pending locating and notification of their family. In the interest of allowing the clerk peace and the ability to rest, we are withholding her name as well.
At around 8:15 a.m. the dispatch went out directing authorities to investigate a call of shots fired on the Exit 135 store. The first on the scene, Monteagle Assistant Chief Jared Nunley, found the victim has absorbed a gunshot wound to the abdomen. As more local law enforcement arrived on scene to offer support, the search began for the assailant. Monteagle Police, with assistance from Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, Tracy City Police Department, Sewanee Police, and others, found what was believed to be the assailant about 250 yards away from the initial scene having ended their own life while hiding under a flatbed trailer.
Monteagle Police Chief Jack Hill said, “This is a tragedy but we feel very confident that there is no further threat to the community. We’ve called in TBI just to assist with the final forensic investigation.” Monteagle Vice Mayor Tony Gilliam said, “We’re just really proud of the police department for their quick response and want to especially thank those surrounding law enforce agencies that came to assist.” Gilliam went on to say, “Having spoken extensively with Chief Hill, we’re confident that the community is under no threat.” Gilliam reemphasized the city’s appreciation for the assistance that was offered from adjacent law enforcement agencies.
Further details are expected with the final investigative reports. We’ll continue to follow this story and update readers as more information comes available.