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Kingsport man arrested after accidentally shooting houseguest

RAIN SMITH, NET News Service, [email protected] • Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 8:20 AM

KINGSPORT — The discovery of drugs within a Kingsport home has led to a houseguest being shot in the chest, according to police, as the permanent resident inadvertently fired a round while kicking him out.

The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday at 1326 Frank St. A Kingsport Police Department incident report states multiple officers and EMS responded to the scene, with the 33-year-old victim transported to Holston Valley Medical Center. As of Thursday morning, he remained hospitalized in stable condition.

Clifford Parker, 54, told investigators that he had been letting the man stay at his residence. Also present for the shooting was the victim's mother, who is identified as Parker's girlfriend.

According to KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton, Parker discovered a small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia. After tracing it back to his girlfriend's son, Parker reportedly demanded the man pack his belongings and leave.

More on the mishap from the Kingsport Times-News.

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