An investigation that began with an accidental shots-fired call at Dalton Motors on Buffalo Trail Saturday afternoon ended about 24 hours later with the suspect’s arrest at the his Old Russellville Pike home in Whitesburg, according to authorities.
The single shot that Tyler J. Jones, 26, fired while showing the .22-caliber handgun to a prospective buyer, struck him in an unspecified location on his body. Jones allegedly stole the firearm from his father, Paul Jones, on Saturday, and later threatened to kill his father and mother if they reported the incident to law enforcement officials, according to Deputy David Barker.
When the defendant spotted Barker’s cruiser shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday, he tried to flee on foot through a field, but deputies closed the gap and took him into custody. Jones identified the person that bought the handgun, and it was subsequently recovered, according to Barker.
Barker charged Jones with unlawful possession of a weapon, domestic assault, theft and resisting a stop, frisk or halt.
Police were dispatched to the used-car lot around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Jones had left by the time officers arrived. Authorities did not know Barker had shot himself until he was arrested on Sunday.
This morning, the defendant remained in the Hamblen County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.