Man reportedly shoots himself in his sleep

Johnson City Press • Mar 6, 2019 at 8:04 PM

ELIZABETHTON — According to a report by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, a sleeping man accidentally shot himself Tuesday morning.

Deputy Johnathon Blevins reported that he was dispatched to the Sycamore Shoals Hospital Emergency Room, where he spoke with Ricky Joe Lee Younce, Roosevelt Avenue.

He reported that Younce told him he was cleaning his Rohm Gesellschaft .22-caliber pistol. He said that during the process, he laid down to take a nap and fell asleep with the pistol in his hand.

Blevins reported that at approximately 10 a.m., Younce pulled the trigger and woke himself by shooting himself in the leg.

A woman who lives in the house on Roosevelt Avenue rushed Younce to the hospital, where he was treated for the wound.

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