Johnson City shooting leaves one dead

Becky Campbell • Jul 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM

A Johnson City man is dead and two others are in custody after a fatal shooting early Friday morning on East Myrtle Avenue, according to a Johnson City Police press release.

Officers were called to the scene at 1:04 a.m. about shots fired in the 1400 block of East Myrtle and found two people had been shot. Both were transported to the Johnson City Medical Center where Michael Alexis Lee Rowe, 30, died. Moses Alfonso Ballard Jr., 29, received no life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover, police said.

Ballard was being charged with second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon once he is released from the JCMC, according to police.

Another person, Tonya Sue Hartley, 24, of Johnson City, was charged with aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

According to the press release, the investigation revealed that Rowe and Ballard were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated to the exchange of gunfire between the two. Ballard, who was wounded, dropped his weapon and fled the scene.

Hartley recovered the dropped firearm and located Ballard a short distance away and fired shots at him. Hartley then fled the scene and returned later where she was taken into custody. It was determined through the investigation that Hartley hid both weapons that were used in the shooting. Investigators recovered the weapons a short distance away.

Hartley was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where she is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions Court on Monday at 1:30 p.m. for arraignment.

Ballard was being guarded at the hospital and will be transported to the detention center when he is released.

The investigation was ongoing.

Rowe had been released from prison in December, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction website.

Ballard was released from jail in January 2013 after a judge granted him probation in a plea deal in the Feb. 2, 2011, shooting of Michael Gaitor at Big G's nightclub. He had been charged with attempted first-degree murder, but he entered an Alford plea to an aggravated assault charge with an eight-year sentence in October. He was ordered to spend five years on supervised probation and 10 years of unsupervised probation, having spent almost two years in jail awaiting trial.

Having been out of jail for less than four months, Ballard was arrested again in May 2013 on a domestic assault charge involving his fiancee. He was arrested yet again in September 2013 on on drug charges that resulted from an undercover police operation.

Hartley was arrested in October 2012 five counts of reckless endangerment following a car battle with another woman and with violating probation the following month.

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