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Update: Argument leads to gunfire, attempted murder charge

Rex Barber • Feb 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

An altercation at a Johnson City gas station Monday evening led to gunfire and one man being charged with attempted first-degree murder, police said in reports.

Leslie R. Brewer, 30, and Tyrone C. Taylor, 25, no addresses given, told police they were sitting in a vehicle near the intersection of Whitney Street and Wilson Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Monday. Brewer and Taylor reported that a vehicle they did not recognize was coming toward them. One of the two men in this unknown vehicle fired shots at Brewer and Taylor’s vehicle, according to a police report.

The victim’s vehicle appeared to have three bullet holes in it — two in the windshield and one in the driver’s side door, police said.

The victims drove off and called 911. A description of the men and the car they were in was given to patrol officers. A few moments later a car matching that description was found parked on Lamont Street. Police asked around and were told that two men left the car and went behind 217 Lamont for a minute, then walked away.

Police searched behind the house and found a revolver with three spent shell casings in the cylinder hidden underneath the basement door, according to an affidavit of complaint.

Three rounds were fired at the victims, according to the affidavit.

Officers found two men nearby matching the description given earlier. They were taken to police headquarters and interviewed.

One of the men, Brandon Brown, of Asheville, N.C., said Eric S. Sayers, 31, 1306 E. Myrtle Ave., and he were at a gas station on E. Myrtle and got into an argument with the victim’s boyfriend, police said in the complaint.

Brown was listed as a witness in the complaint.

Everyone left after the argument at the gas station, but Sayers was still mad, according to the complaint.

Sayers went looking for the victims, according to Brown’s words in the complaint. Sayers and Brown, who was with Sayers, found the victims at the corner of Whitney and Wilson.

Brown told police that Sayers was driving, and when he got beside the victims, Sayers pulled a gun from his waist band and fired three times before driving away.

Brown said Sayers drove to Lamont and hid the gun.

Charged with attempted first-degree murder, Sayers was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000. He was arraigned in Sessions Court Tuesday, and preliminary hearing was set for March 5.

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