Police: Gun fails to fire after suspect points gun to man’s head, pulls trigger

Police: Gun fails to fire after suspect points gun to man's head, pulls trigger (Image 1)

Kingsport Police Department says a man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly placed a gun to a man’s head and pulled the trigger.

Police were called to a disturbance Thursday evening at a home on Tenneva Street. Witnesses on the scene say 26-year-old Michael Christopher Hunley pointed a gun at the residents of the home.

Witnesses say Hunley arrived earlier at the Tenneva Street home to speak to his estranged ex-girlfriend. While waiting on the porch Hunley allegedly got into an argument with another man. Hunley allegedly pulled the semi-automatic handgun out of his pocket and pointed it at the other man and three other people wher were standing on the porch.

Fearing for his safety, the man with whom Hunley was arguing with, dove for cover and allegedly hid behind a nearby trashcan.

Witnesses say Hunley walked around the trash can and prepared the gun to fire and pulled the trigger, but the gun never fired.

During the ordeal, a resident allegedly shouted that she called the police. As Hunley began to leave, he turned and pointed the gun at the man’s head again.

Officers arrived to find Hunley trying to drive away in a Dodge Neon. He was stopped by police at the intersection of Tenneva Street and West Carters Valley Road.

Officers say they noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and according to a press release his speech was slow and slurred. Hunley allegedly failed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving under the influence.

Officers say they found a black and silver semi-automatic 9mm handgun in the floorboard of Hunley’s car.

According to a release, three of the nine victims were adults, six were minors ranging in age from one to 12 years old.

Hunley was also charged with attempted second degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, five counts of felony reckless endangerment, possession of a handgun while under the influence and unlawfully carrying or possession of a weapon.

Hunley was transport to the Kingsport City Jail. He was arraigned Thursday morning and his bond was set at $150,000 by the presiding judge. He has since been transferred to the Sullivan County Jail until his next court appearance on April 16. 

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