McMinn authorities probe assault, shooting stemming from crash

Staff Photo / The McMinn County Justice Center is shown in October 2006 in Athens, Tenn.
Staff Photo / The McMinn County Justice Center is shown in October 2006 in Athens, Tenn.

McMinn County investigators are working to unravel a story after a UPS driver reported a crash and incident that led to one man being shot and another suffering a head injury.

Around 9 a.m. Monday, the driver told dispatchers he came upon a crash scene at County Road 100 and County Road 110 and saw four people -- three men and one woman -- arguing. One man claimed he'd been shot by one of the others, according to a news release from McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

"The whole thing was related to the vehicle crash and may also involve drug issues because a large quantity of narcotics were also recovered at the scene," Guy said in the release. "We are still investigating the incident and attempting to put the pieces together."

Three of the people involved in the crash left in two vehicles and the fourth left by foot before authorities reached the scene, the release said.

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The man who said he had been assaulted was located a few minutes after the search began at a residence on County Road 115, Guy said. He was taken to a hospital with a head injury.

A few hours later the man who had been shot and the woman were found in a wooded area nearby, the release said. The man was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

Kelsey Roberts, of Meigs County, was arrested on an active violation of probation warrant. She also faces charges on warrants from Meigs County, the release states.

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Guy said officials believe the man who left the scene on foot was picked up by someone after the crash.

In a follow-up phone text, Guy said investigators are waiting for the injured men to heal enough to give police statements.

Officials urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the Sheriff's Office at 423-745-5622.

Contact Ben Benton at or 423-757-6569.

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