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Update: Manhunt for second shooting suspect ends

November 1st, 2013 9:25 am by John Thompson

Update: Manhunt for second shooting suspect ends

Tommy Brummitt


ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department has arrested the second suspect in Monday’s drive-by shootings in the Dry Creek community.


Tommy Ray Brummitt, 42, 979 Dry Creek Road, was arrested around 1 a.m. Friday at the residence of his girlfriend at 156 Swimming Pool Road, Lot 1, Hampton. The woman was not present at the time of the arrest because she was already in the Carter County Detention Center on unrelated charges, Sheriff Chris Mathes said.


The sheriff’s department had arrested the first suspect, Michael James Brummitt, 43, 141 Brummitt Lane, at his residence immediately after the shootings. Both men are charged with two counts of aggravated assault, five counts of reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and resisting arrest.


Tommy Brummitt is also charged with vandalism over $500 and violation of probation. He is scheduled to answer the charges against him Nov. 15. Michael Brummitt had his first appearance in court Tuesday and his next court date is Nov. 8.


Mathes said his deputies took Tommy Brummitt into custody without incident after approaching the mobile home during the night.


“We have been closing in on Brummitt day by day, hour by hour since the Oct. 28 shooting on Dry Creek Road with help of the media and the great citizens of Carter County,” Mathes said.


Officers involved in the capture of Tommy Brummitt included Capt. Tom Smith, Sgt. Travis Ludlow and deputies Sarah McWhirter, Paul Morell and Kristopher Yarber.


The Brummitts are charged with being the men who were shooting from a black Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck on Dry Creek and Sciota roads. Five houses were hit and two women were shot. Ashley Brummitt was talking with her neighbors on Dry Creek Road when a shotgun blast hit her with several pellets. Lt. Keith Range said she suffered pellet injuries to her face, both arms and both legs, but refused medical treatment for her injuries.


Connie Marie Hoilman was transported to Johnson City Medical Center by her husband, where doctors determined she had been hit by a 12-gauge rifle slug that had gone through the front wall of her home and into the recliner where Hoilman was sitting.


While the Hoilmans were at the hospital, the gunmen returned and fire a shot through the front window of their home. No one was hit by the shot, but the Hoilman’s two children, ages 12 and 8, and their grandmother were showered with glass shards and debris from the blown-out window.


Deputies found a black pickup truck at Michael Brummitt’s residence when he was arrested. Inside were two unopened cans of beer and several shotgun shells. Deputies also discovered three abandoned weapons scattered about the community, including a Ruger .22-caliber pistol, which had been thrown against a front porch of a house on Dry Creek Road, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle lying along Dry Creek Road and an Iverson 12-gauge shotgun in a nearby creek bed.

Earlier version of the story

ELIZABETHTON — The second of two cousins wanted in a series of drive-by shootings in Carter County was captured early this morning in Hampton, Sheriff Chris Mathes said.

"We had been closing in on Tommy Brummitt day by day, hour by hour since the Oct. 28 shooting on Dry Creek Road with the help of the media and the great citizens of Carter County," Mathes said.

Brummitt had been at large since the shootings in the Dry Creek community since Monday, when his cousin Michael James Brummitt was captured no long after the incidents.

Sheriff's deputies found Tommy Brummitt about 1 a.m. today in his girlfriend's trailer at 156 Swimming Pool Road, Lot 1, Hampton. Mathes said he was taken into custody without incident.

Tommy Brummitt's girlfriend already was incarcerated in the Carter County Jail on unrelated charges, Mathes said.

Five houses received gunfire and two women were shot. Two children and their grandmother were not hit but were covered in glass shards and debris when the front window of their home was hit by a shotgun blast.

Michael James Brummitt, 43, 141 Brummitt Lane, was arrested on the night of the shootings on two counts of aggravated assault, five counts of reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and resisting arrest. He made his first appearance in Sessions Court on Tuesday, where he was appointed a public defender and his next court date was set for Nov. 8.

Mathes had said one of the houses appeared to be targeted. That house received gunfire several time as the black Chevrolet S-10 drove by.

Following the shootings, deputies recovered three abandoned guns in the neighborhood. They included an Iverson 12-gauge shotgun, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle and a Ruger .22-caliber pistol.

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