Police say man shot toward stranded motorists

John Thompson • Jan 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man late Saturday night who reportedly shot toward two people who were stranded in front of his residence on Price Road.

Charles Ray Buckner, 63, 1001 Frosty Lane, was arrested by Sgt. Derrick Hamm and Deputy Dreama Pullon on two counts of aggravated assault.

Hamm and Pullon responded to the call about the shots fired and when they arrived, they reported an older model Chevrolet pickup truck was parked on Price Road, adjacent to a mobile home at 1001 Frosty Lane, which is on the corner of Frosty Lane and Price Road. Next to the truck, Hamm found two people identified as Mavis and Robert Stills.

Hamm said the Stills told him a man inside the mobile home had fired shots at them.

Hamm went to the mobile home and saw a man, later identified as Buckner, sitting in his den with a pistol next to him. Hamm knocked on the side of residence, at which time he said Buckner picked up the pistol and walked around inside the mobile home. He said Buckner then placed the pistol back down. Buckner was then taken into custody.

Lt. Mike Little responded to the scene and spoke with the Stills. Little said the couple told him they were driving on Price Road when their truck broke down on Price Road in front of Buckner’s residence. While they were checking their truck, Buckner came out of his residence with some type of long gun and told them to leave or he would kill them. The Stills said Buckner went back in his house and came back out with a pistol. They said he fired toward them, striking a tree limb above them, which fell to the ground.

Little said he asked Buckner about the incident. Little said Buckner admitted to shooting toward the Stills as they were standing on Price Road, but he did not aim directly at them. Little said Buckner told him “we have had trouble around here with people like that.” Upon further questioning, Little said Buckner admitted he did not know the Stills and that at no time did he observe them on his property.

Little said numerous weapons were found inside Buckner’s home, all of which were loaded and placed strategically at both the front and back entrances to the residence. A Taurus .357 magnum, which was the weapon Hamm observed Buckner pick up, was discovered to have a spent round inside the chamber. Little said Buckner also appeared to be intoxicated.

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