Phillip Lee Green, 64, being given medical attention Thursday night before he was transported to a local hospital. (Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)
ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department released more information Friday on Thursday night’s shooting death on Hilton Hill Road.
The victim was identified as Timothy Gary Cook, 26, 183 HIlton Hill Road. Sheriff Chris Mathes said it appeared he was shot one time in the chest and was dead at the scene when deputies arrived.
The shooter was identified as Phillip Lee Green, 64. A witness was Jessica Pack, 34, who was identified as Green’s daughter and Cook’s girlfriend. Green, Pack and Cook all lived at the residence.
Lt. Derrick Hamm said he was dispatched to the scene at 9:16 p.m. Upon arrival, he said he found Green sitting in a metal swing by the front entrance. Hamm ordered Green to place his hands in the air. He said Green complied and said “I shot him. He’s in the bedroom.”
Deputy Paul Morell then handcuffed Green while Hamm went inside the residence. When Hamm entered the bedroom, he said he found Pack performing CPR on Cook, who was lying on the bedroom floor beside the bed. There was blood coming from his mouth and nose.
The Carter County Rescue Squad arrived and Pack was asked to go to the living room while Green was given medical attention.
Hamm said Pack told him she and Cook had been involved in a verbal argument and physical altercation. During the argument, she said Cook struck her in the back of the head. At that point, she said Green became involved in the disagreement and told Cook “You’re not going to lay your hands on my daughter,” and then made a statement about shooting Cook.
Pack said both men went to their bedrooms and both retrieved pistols, police said. Pack said she saw both men with pistols. Green fired a shot, striking Cook in his chest. Green then went back into his bedroom and placed the firearm, a Ruger .38 special revolver, in a chest of drawers and walked out to the front porch, where he was sitting when deputies arrived.
Capt. Jeff Markland, chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, said Green’s weapon was recovered and a fully loaded pistol was found near Cook’s right hand.
Markland said the case is still being investigated and no charges have been placed at this time. He said the district attorney general will be consulted about what charges should be made.
“We’re not ruling out anything right now,” Markland said of possible charges.
Markland said Green is in poor health and was transported to a hospital suffering from chest pains immediately after the shooting.