Richard Shane Mabe
MOUNTAIN CITY — Law enforcement officers combed the area Monday searching for 33-year-old Richard Shane Mabe, a man Sheriff Mike Reece said he considered “armed and dangerous.”
Reece said Mabe is wanted in connection to a shooting that took place at a residence at Divide Road at 2:10 a.m. Monday. Jackie Harless, 40, and Michael Laird, 40, both of Mountain City, were shot with a 9 mm pistol. The sheriff said both men were in stable condition at Johnson City Medical Center.
“We don’t know exactly what caused the altercation,” Reece said. “We do know the house was broken into recently and things were stolen.” Mabe was suspected of breaking into the house. The sheriff said he did not think drugs were the motive in the shooting.
According to witnesses, five men, including Mabe, pulled up to the residence early Monday morning. Reece said an altercation broke out and Mabe drew a 9 mm handgun. During the shooting, the home’s resident and the vehicle’s driver were shot.
Mabe fled and Reece said his officers, assisted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, searched for him all day Monday.
“We are still out there hunting,” Reece said late Monday afternoon. He said the department has received a large number of tips about where Mabe was hiding and his men have been checking every tip.
“We have been all around Mountain City and the county,” Reece said. “He knows people all over the county.”
The sheriff said he believed Mabe was still in the area.
“He is extremely violent, he has an extensive record, including rape and aggravated robbery,” Reece said. “He has made statements to my correctional officers that he would not be coming back to the jail alive.”
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