Franklin County authorities investigating after man found shot at burglary call dies

Staff File Photo / The Franklin County Jail is located just south of downtown Winchester, Tenn.
Staff File Photo / The Franklin County Jail is located just south of downtown Winchester, Tenn.

The investigation of a man found shot Sunday when Franklin County Sheriff's deputies reached a burglary-in-progress call has become a death probe after he died at a local hospital.

Deputies found Jonathan Ray Rollins, 47, of Winchester, Tennessee, around 3 p.m. CST Sunday at a home on Freedom Lane, south of U.S. Highway 64, department spokesman Sam Davidson said Sunday in a news release. Freedom Lane is a dead-end road just south of Winchester's town limits with fewer than 10 homes on it, surrounded by farmland.

"Our responding deputies found a male with at least one gunshot wound," Davidson said in the release. "Emergency medical personnel arrived a short time later and transported the injured to Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems."

Rollins was pronounced dead later Sunday by medical officials at the hospital, Davidson said.

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Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said there were few details available in the early stages of the investigation.

"There are no charges pending yet," Fuller said Monday in a phone interview.

Fuller said he was unable to talk about details on who owns the home where the shooting happened or what led to the shot or shots fired.

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The investigation is continuing with help from local prosecutors, authorities said.

"Our criminal investigation division is currently investigating this incident and working with the 12th Judicial District Attorney General's Office," Davidson said in the release.

Authorities said more information will be released as it becomes available.

Contact Ben Benton at or 423-757-6569. Follow him on Twitter @BenBenton.

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