Woman Wounded in Accidental Shooting

November 5, 2007
Dwayne Page

A Smithville woman was wounded in an accidental shooting Saturday night at her residence.

In his report, Smithville Police Officer Tyler Wix wrote that "I responded to 848 Foster Road, apartment 210-B at 6:41 p.m. for what was dispatched as a domestic that had occurred. One subject had already left the scene but no vehicle description was given.

When I arrived on the scene, I spoke to Tammy Stanley, who advised she had been fighting and arguing with the woman she lives with, Paula Neal.

Stanley told me that during the course of the fight, the 22 mag pistol she had in her pocket fell out and as she was picking it up, it went off, shooting Neal in what she believed was the leg.

At this time, I recovered the gun and placed it into evidence. Ms. Stanley, stated she did not mean to shoot Neal and that it was an accident.

Neal also stated at the emergency room to Officer Joey Jones, that the shooting was an accident and that she did not want to press charges."

Neal was apparently not seriously wounded in the shooting.

In another case, Smithville Police were called to Wal-Mart early Saturday morning where two people were detained for shoplifting.

According to Officer Joey Jones report, " On Saturday at 5:07 a.m., I was dispatched to Walmart where the manager had two young men detained for shoplifting. I made contact with 22 year old Tommy R. Bowen of Murfreesboro, who admitted that he had been smoking marijuana with a 16 year old, Nathan Ray King, in the car of King's father. Bowen had very slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet."

Bowen was charged with public intoxication and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He will appear in General Sessions Court on November 15th.

King was charged as a juvenile with public intoxication and simple possession.

According to the police report, King was very unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Walmart employees reported that King had fallen two or three times in the store, and upon his arrest, a small clear sandwich bag fell out of his coat, which contained a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The report states that King admitted that the marijuana belonged to him.

Police also filed a report on three cases of vandalism at residences on Lincoln Street and Earl Avenue Friday.

Lieutenant Steven Leffew reports that "On Friday, November 2nd at 2:50 p.m. I responded to 501 Lincoln Avenue in reference to a vandalism. Upon arrival, Debra Tramel showed me where 501 and 503 Lincoln Avenue had been seriously vandalized. The windows and doors had been busted out. She showed me that someone had also seriously vandalized a house at 1121 Earl Avenue where windows and doors were busted out, holes were punched in several walls, wiring had been cut, food was slung on several walls, and the ceiling fan was broken."

No arrests have been made.

Smithville Police arrested a Watertown woman Friday with driving under the influence and a second offense of driving on a revoked license while the man with her was charged with simple possession.

Officer Travis Bryant reports that "On November 2nd, on Highway 70, Shelley Lynn Burton was operating a motor vehicle and was stopped for a registration violation. A computer check revealed her license was revoked for failure to satisfy a citation in Sumner County and other offenses in Smith County. She had an odor of alcohol on her person and she was unsteady on her feet. Burton performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks and she refused to take a breathlyzer test."

Officer Bryant further reported that "A deputy and I asked for permission to search Burton's vehicle and 24 year old Robert Hicks of Milton exited the car. As he got out, the deputy and I observed something fall off his person. The deputy picked it up and handed it to me. I observed it to be a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana."

Burton and Hicks will be in court November 15th.

Smithville Police also charged 49 year old Ricky L. Dowell with driving on a suspended license (7th offense).

Officer Joey Jones stopped Dowell on Friday, November 2nd on Miller Road for a light violation. A computer check revealed he had failed to satisfy his child support and had other offenses in Putnam, Cumberland, and DeKalb County.

Dowell will be in court November 14th.

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