Man holds victim at gunpoint inside Carter County home in attempted murder case

Timothy Stapp

CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a man on multiple charges, including attempted first-degree murder, following a shooting at a home in 100 block of Mill Creek Road in the Stoney Creek community of the county Thursday morning.

According to the release, deputies were dispatched to the area around 8 a.m. after receiving a call from a woman who had ran to a neighbor’s home and reported that a man had entered her home and was holding her husband at gunpoint.

Carter County investigators said Timothy Stapp said he arrived at the couple’s residence before dawn, waited for the man to come out and go to work, and when he saw the garage door open, he approached the man with a pistol and ordered him back inside the home.

Stapp told investigators when he saw deputies through a window, he forced the man into a rear bedroom at gunpoint. The man then ran towards officers when he heard them approach, and Stapp said he shot at the man in the hallway of the home as he ran toward deputies.

According to the release, deputies saw Stapp in the driveway of the home and verbally challenged him.

Stapp reportedly pointed a pistol toward deputies and the owner of the home, and deputies fired at Stapp who ran over the embankment in front of the home.

Deputies pursued Stapp and other deputies who arrived on scene blocked his escape down the driveway.

According to the release, one of the responding officers saw Stapp point his weapon toward the deputies who were pursuing him and fired another shot at Stapp.

Stapp then surrendered to deputies and was arrested. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, armed dangerous felonies and carrying or possession of a weapon.

He was taken to the Carter County Jail, where he was being held on $70,000 bond. Stapp was scheduled to be arraigned in court Friday morning.

No injuries were reported from the incident.

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