Johnson City police charged an 18-year-old Jonesborough man with murder after he shot and killed a man at a Johnson City motel on Thursday, police said in a news release.
Coty Bishop, 328 Littleton Road, Jonesborough, was arraigned Friday morning on accusations that he killed Casey Jones, 22, 608 N. Barton St., at the Johnson Inn. Jones was shot once in the head.
According to a court record, Bishop admitted to police that he took a gun from beneath his leg to shoot Jones in the head during an argument between the two and a third man, and then threw the murder weapon into nearby woods as he fled from the shooting.
Police found Jones slumped over the center console in a minivan in the motel parking lot at 2700 W. Market St. about 6 p.m. Thursday. After interviewing witnesses, police identified Bishop as a suspect and launched a search, eventually catching him.
Police learned that Bishop and Jones had been in an altercation that led to the shooting.
Bishop was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $150,000 bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for next Thursday at 1:30 pm.
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Earlier report filed Thursday night:
Johnson City police and Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were on the scene of a fatal shooting at the Johnson Inn on West Market Street Thursday evening and looking for a possibly armed suspect on the loose.
Police responded to the scene around 6 p.m. after getting a call about the shooting. Police Sgt. Kevin Peters said officers found a male victim was found inside a white minivan parked outside the motel.
The man, whose identity has not been released, died at the scene, Peters said.
The suspected shooter ran from the scene on foot, according to what witnesses told police. Investigators did not recover a weapon, so it’s likely the suspect remained armed as he fled.
“"We do have a suspect on the loose we haven't caught yet," Peters said. "There was no reason to believe that he was not armed."
Peters said investigators are looking for a specific person in regards to the shooting.
A man who lives nearby told the Press that his son and a friend had been to the motel to see some co-workers, and the son's friend was killed. The son was being questioned.
John Bishop, 608 North Barton St., said someone stopped at his house and said there were police and an ambulance at the motel, so he went to check on his son.
Bishop said someone told him his son, Sam, had been standing on the balcony and the friend got into a white minivan parked outside the building.
“Next thing, gunshots,” Bishop said.
An unidentified woman ran from the scene screaming about a male being dead. She ran up Barton Street and a short time later drove back by the scene, still visibly upset about the shooting.
Bishop said the woman was the victim’s fiancée.
No other details about the shooting were immediately available.
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Johnson City police and Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were on the scene of a fatal shooting at the Johnson Inn on West Market Street this evening.
Johnson City Police Sgt. Kevin Peters said a male victim was found in a van about 6 p.m. The man had at least one gunshot wound.
A male suspect left the scene. Police had a particular person in mind. Police had not found a weapon.
"We do have a suspect on the loose we haven't caught yet," Peters said. "There was no reason to believe that he was not armed."
A man who lives nearby told the Press that his son and a friend had been to the motel, and the son's friend was killed. The son was being questioned.
The Johnson City Press has a reporter at the scene. Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for details as they are made available.