Rutledge man faces murder charge after shooting

A Rutledge man is facing murder charges after shooting a woman who was able to call 911 in Grainger County just before she died.

Authorities said a second victim, a man, was also shot in the Saturday morning attack on Chahokia Drive.

Avery Gibson, 62, of Shadow Lane, is charged with murder, criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, especially aggravated burglary and aggravated assault.

According to the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office, around 5:50 a.m., dispatch received the 911 call from the woman, 63-year-old Nettie Bentley, who said she’d been shot and did not know if the shooter was still in the house.

During the call, Bentley gave the name of Gibson as the person who shot her, authorities said.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found the woman dead in the living room.

A man, identified as Dewayne Gass, was found in a bedroom. He had been shot as well, the report said.

He was taken to The University of Tennessee Hospital by Grainger County EMS.

A preliminary investigation by the Grainger County Sherriff’s Office found that the suspect had forcibly entered the back door of the residence and shot both people, the news release said.

Bentley also gave authorities a description of Gibson’s car while she was on the 911 call.

Around 8:50 a.m., Grainger County Sheriff James Harville and Chief Barry Nicley went to Shadow Lane in Rutledge where Gibson’s vehicle was in the driveway. Gibson was taken into custody without further incident.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is assisting in the investigation.

Jail officials said Monday morning Gibson is waiting arraignment and bail has been set at $1.5 million.