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Mountain City man sought in double shooting now on most wanted list

June 12th, 2013 12:09 pm by John Thompson

Mountain City man sought in double shooting now on most wanted list

Richard Shane Mabe

MOUNTAIN CITY — A man who is suspected of shooting two people outside a residence early Monday morning has been placed onn the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted List. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Richard Shane Mabe, 33, last known address 711 McElyea Road is wanted by the TBI and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office on two counts of attempted second degree murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and violation of probation.

The sheriff's department and the TBI have been searching for Mabe since deputies responded to a 2:10 a.m. Monday  shooting at  2636 Divide Road. The officers found Jackie Harless, 40, and Michael Laird, 40, both of Mountain City had been shot with a 9 mm. pistol. Both men were transported to the Johnson City Medical Center, where they were later reported in stable condition.

“We don’t know exactly what caused the altercation,” Sheriff Mike Reece said. “We do know the house was broken into recently and things were stolen.” Mabe was suspected of breaking into the house.

Reece said five men, including Mabe, pulled up to the residence early Monday morning. After interviewing witnesses, the investigation revealed Mabe had gotten into a verbal argument with a witness to the burglary of the house.  Reece said an altercationMabe drew the pistol. 

One man was shot in the abdomen and the other was shot in the face and leg. A round from the  gun also went through another residence.

Mabe is described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has tattos on his chest, back arms, legs, wrists, left hand and fingers.

The TBI reported that Mabe is a convicted felon and a registered sex offender for an atttempted rape conviction in 2000. He is also serving probation and has an order of protection against him for a domestic situation. Mabe's criminal history dates back to 1998 and also includes multiple domestic assault offenses, manufacturing methamphetamine, introduction of contraband in a penal  facility, multiple counts of especially aggravated burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, breaking and entering, resisting arrest, aggravated assault, evading arrest, rape, vandalism, assault, reckless endangerment, domestic violence, drunk driving, public intoxication and driving on a revoked license.

Mabe is considered armed and dangerous and should be approached with extreme caution. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the TBI at 1-800-824-3463

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