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Update: Names, details released in Carter County shooting death, stabbing

October 18th, 2011 1:18 am by Staff Reports

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department was continuing to investigate a Monday night altercation that led to the death of Larry Wayne Whittaker, address unavailable, and stabbing injuries to Israel Benjamin Goudy, 31, 257 Reynolds Road.
Goudy was taken to Johnson City Medical Center and Whittaker was found dead at Goudy’s residence with multiple gunshot wounds.
Deputy Tim Matthews was the first officer to reach Goudy’s residence after 911 dispatched a call about a possible shooting. Goudy was found lying beside the road and waving towards the officer.
Matthews got out of his patrol car and went to Goudy. He said he found a lot of blood on his clothing. Goudy told Matthews he had been stabbed. Goudy told the deputy another man was lying in the front yard and he had a gun.
Matthews then stood up and could see what appeared to be a person lying on the ground near the front porch of the trailer.
After making the discovery, Sgt. Dean Jones and Deputy Tracy Phipps arrived on the scene. Jones and Matthews approached the second man, later identified as Whittaker, and found that he appeared to be dead.
Matthews reported that Whittaker had a gun in his right hand. He retrieved the gun while Jones provided cover. After he took the gun, Jones told him there was a knife lying by the left side of Whittaker.
After securing the weapons, Matthews and Jones searched the residents and surrounding outbuildings on the property to ensure there was no one else at the scene. Upon clearing the scene, the officers notified the ambulance that was standing by to approach the residence. The medical personnel began treating Goudy and attempted to get vital signs from Whittaker.
Earlier report posted at 2:37 a.m.:
ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a shooting and stabbing incident that occurred around 10:30 p.m. Monday at 257 Reynolds Road. One man was found dead inside the residence with multiple gunshot wounds and another man was hospitalized at Johnson City Medical Center with unknown injuries.
Early in the investigation on Monday night, Sheriff Chris Mathes said the man who was killed had multiple gunshot wounds. He said the investigation is continuing and the cause of the altercation is still being determined.
Mathes said the other man's injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.
Alcohol appeared to be a contributing factor, Mathes said.
Mathes said it appeared the incident took place inside the mobile home. A passerby apparently called in the shooting to 911. The call went out to emergency personnel that shots had been fired.
“We don’t have a lot at this time,” Mathes said. “We are still sorting through what we do have.”
The investigators searched both inside and outside the residence, and Mathes said the lighting was making it difficult to search for clues. Several deputies searched the premises using flashlights.
Keep visiting for more information as it develops.

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