JCSD charges man in shotgun shooting

John Thompson • May 1, 2020 at 8:49 PM

TRADE — The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man Wednesday after a shooting in the 900 block of Tennessee Highway 67.

Marlin Wayne Thomas was charged with attempted second-degree murder after being accused of shooting a man with a .410 shotgun. The arrest warrant alleged that the man was mowing a lawn when Thomas shot him with the shotgun.

The man reportedly tried to run away, but the warrant said Thomas shot him a second time. The injured man then ran up the road for a short distance before collapsing in the roadway.

The sheriff’s department said Thomas then went a short distance behind his house and stood behind a tree. Deputies then arrived on the scene and made visual contact with Thomas, but the deputies said he did not respond to their commands and he was still holding a shotgun.

Deputy Bradley Sexton was able to position himself so that he could deploy a nonlethal Taser, which the department said struck Thomas and caused him to drop the shotgun.

Thomas is scheduled to answer the charge in Sessions Court on May 20. His bail was set at $50,000.

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