One dead, one held on $1 million bond in shooting on Rhea-Bledsoe county line

Ammunition, two SKS rifles seized

Rhea County Sheriff's Office / Jackie Lee Goss, 29, is charged with criminal homicide in Rhea County General Sessions Court.
Rhea County Sheriff's Office / Jackie Lee Goss, 29, is charged with criminal homicide in Rhea County General Sessions Court.

One Rhea County, Tennessee, man is dead and another is behind bars on a $1 million bond after a shooting Friday on Burke Lane near the Bledsoe County line.

Jackie Lee Goss, 29, of Dayton, is charged in the shooting death of Roy Hickman Jr., of Burke Lane, Dayton, according to an affidavit filed in Rhea County General Sessions Court. Hickman is referred to as "Junior" in portions of the affidavit.

According to jail records, Goss is charged with criminal homicide in Hickman's death. Hickman's age wasn't immediately known. The Public Defender's Office was assigned to Goss' case during a hearing Monday afternoon. Public Defender Ted Engel declined to comment on the case when contacted by phone Monday.

The affidavit states a witness told authorities Goss and Hickman had been arguing. Goss wanted Hickman to give him a ride and Hickman refused, the witness told authorities. Goss allegedly left the Burke Lane property but returned about five minutes later.

The witness, who was sitting in a car at the Burke Lane residence, told authorities Hickman and Goss were arguing near a garage on the property and a rifle barrel could be seen pointing toward Hickman, according to the affidavit. Several shots rang out, according to the witness's account to investigators, and Hickman was seen falling to the ground.

The witness crawled over to Hickman and found he wasn't breathing, the affidavit states.

At that point, Goss left the home again and went to a neighbor's home down the road and went inside. The home was soon surrounded by deputies, the affidavit states. Goss surrendered to officers after about an hour.

"I examined the body of Junior Hickman and he had several gunshot wounds, one I could see on his upper torso and one to the leg," Deputy Chris Hall states in the affidavit.

Four spent 7.62x39 mm shells were found near Hickman's body, the affidavit states.

A detective went to the home where Goss lives and recovered two SKS rifles along with several rounds of 7.62x39 mm rounds of ammunition for the weapon found outside the home there, the affidavit states. The SKS is a semi-automatic military rifle first manufactured in the Soviet Union in the 1940s, according to a historical account on the website

Court officials said Goss faces his next hearing in the case on April 4.

Contact Ben Benton at or 423-757-6569.

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