Chattanooga man in critical condition, shot after traffic accident

Chattanooga man in critical condition, shot after traffic accident

November 25th, 2011 by Beth Burger in Local - Breaking News

Kevin Chitty

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

A 35-year-old man is listed in critical condition after he was shot following a traffic collision just after midnight this morning, according to Chattanooga Police Department.

Officers found Jerry Martin in his vehicle at 4400 Jersey Pike after he sustained a gunshot wound to his facial and neck area, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

Martin reportedly struck a truck operated by 43-year-old Kevin L. Chitty and was attempting to leave the scene when Chitty fired a .40-caliber handgun at him. The report did not state if the gun was licensed to Chitty.

Chitty told police he thought Martin had pointed a gun at him.

Chitty faces charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault, weary said.

Local court records show Chitty had no prior violent criminal history. As of this morning, he was being held at Hamilton County Jail without bond.

His next court date is set for Nov. 30 before General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck.