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Man faces reckless endangerment charge after gunfire at Kingsport residence

Rain Smith, NET News Service • Apr 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

KINGSPORT — A shotgun blast into the home of a Kingsport resident has prompted the arrest of a man, who allegedly told deputies he was handling the weapon while intoxicated when it accidentally fired.

According to an incident report at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, police were called to Fairfax Avenue off Bloomingdale Road at 5:54 Wednesday evening. A resident, 76, told deputies that after going to bed the previous night she was awakened by a loud noise, believing at the time that something had fallen from a dresser onto the floor. But the next day she discovered a hole in her wall.

A responding deputy reported the hole appeared to be caused by a firearm being shot into the side of the residence. Outside the woman's home, the deputy located what appeared to be four holes; one of which was the entry point for the hole in the woman's wall.

Deputies then visited the neighboring residence, 116 Fairfax Ave., making contact with Michael Carmack, 32. He reportedly stated that at approximately 2:30 that morning he had been sitting on a couch and looking at a 12-guage shotgun, at which point it discharged and fired through the wall.

Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News have more on this story.

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