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Search on for clues in fatal Carter shooting, stabbing injury

October 19th, 2011 5:53 am by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department continued Tuesday 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. No charges had been placed.

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 after 911 dispatched a call about a possible shooting. Goudy was found lying beside the road and waving toward the officer.

Matthews said he found a lot of blood on Goudy’s clothing and Goudy told him that 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 someone lying on the ground near the front porch of the mobile home.

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 Whittaker had a gun in his right hand, which he retrieved 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 residence and surrounding outbuildings on the property to ensure there was no one else at the scene.

Upon clearing the scene, the officers notified emergency medical services personnel who were standing by to approach the residence. The medical personnel began treating Goudy and attempted to get vital signs from Whittaker.

Investigators searched for clues, but were hindered by the dark night. The officers used flashlights to search for bullet holes and other evidence in the sides of the mobile home and the nearby parked cars.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Chris Mathes and other senior officers returned to the scene to continue the search for the bullets. The weapon found at the scene fired two .410-gauge shotgun shells and three .45-caliber bullets.

The investigators used a systematic approach to search. A metal detector was passed through the yard. Everywhere a beep sounded, an orange flag was placed in the ground. After the sweep, the individual areas were thoroughly sifted using a homemade sifting device built several years ago to aid in the search for remains of a body.

The sifter, invented by Sgt. Todd Hamm, consisted of a metal screen and a large tub to collect the dirt.

Goudy was still hospitalized at JCMC on Tuesday.

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