(10/26/2006)

A dozen or more police cars, the State Police Special
Response Unit and a chopper, responded to this Arnoldsburg
Road residence this afternoon after a Spencer man fled to the
woods with a gun, the incident reportedly ending in his death

A Spencer man has reportedly died of a gunshot wound after a multitude of police agencies and officers responded to a 911 call this afternoon.

Authorities have not confirmed the death or the circumstances leading to the shooting, but local sources said the man's mother called 911 after her son, about 30-years-old, became agitated and attempted to leave her residence on Arnoldsburg Road in her vehicle, "tearing it apart."

Neighbors said he had moved into his mother's house yesterday.

The man reportedly fled into the woods in a remote area between US 33-119 and Egypt Ridge, carrying a gun.

Law enforcement from the State Police, the Special Response Team and chopper, the Roane County Sheriff's Department, the Spencer Police Department, and a number of other agencies responded to the scene.

Neighbors heard the man screaming and threatening, while other sources said he had a cell phone.

Neighbors heard sequences of gunfire, including one volley of five shots.

It was not confirmed whether law enforcement shot the man, or his fatal wound was self-inflicted.

The Herald is withholding the name of the victim and mother, until family members can be notified.

The incident happened at the same spot where John Moorehead was murdered and his trailer set on fire, December 2002.

A newer mobile home was moved on the property within the last year.

Sources said the victim had experienced a number of legal problems and was or had been on probation.


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