Hixson man allegedly shot unarmed person in the back

Marquel Lane, 36, was not legally allowed to possess a gun due to past convictions

A Hixson man who was prohibited from having a gun due to multiple domestic assault convictions allegedly fatally shot an unarmed man in the back, an affidavit of complaint states.

Authorities have identified the victim of the Feb. 1 fatal shooting as Justin Glover, according to the affidavit.

The alleged shooter, Marquel Lane, 36, is facing several charges, including first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Chattanooga police officers responded on the evening of Feb. 1 to a report of a person shot on the 700 block of East 48th Street, the affidavit states.

Officers found Glover outside an apartment suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. Glover was transported to Erlanger hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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Detective Stephen Bulkley, who wrote the affidavit, arrived at the scene to investigate along with other members of the Chattanooga Police Department.

Bulkley spotted multiple spent pistol caliber casings on the ground outside apartments at 727 E. 48th St., the affidavit states. There was also bloody clothing on the ground near where Glover collapsed.

"Witnesses on scene advised responding officers the victim was shot by a light-skinned Black male with reddish hair and beard," the affidavit states.

Lane was later identified as the alleged shooter by numerous witnesses who either saw the shooting or the dispute leading up to the shooting.

"Marquel Lane has historical ties to the area of the crime scene," the affidavit states.

As of Tuesday, investigators have not found any evidence that Lane was acting in self-defense or that Glover was armed.

Video and audio evidence allegedly shows Lane threatening Glover with a firearm minutes before the shooting occurred, the affidavit states.

Lane is accused of following Glover, shooting him in the back and continuing to shoot him after he fell to the ground.

"Audio recordings of the suspect's voice during this incident are highly consistent with other recordings I obtained of Marquel Lane's distinctive voice," Bulkley said, according to the affidavit. "Physical evidence and personal belongings found on the immediate crime scene have already been linked to Marquel Lane."

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The shooting took place in a highly populated area, which posed a significant danger to those inside and outside of nearby apartments, the affidavit states.

Lane was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm due to multiple domestic assault convictions in Hamilton County.

He is being held at Hamilton County Jail. He also had an outstanding warrant out of Collegedale for allegedly driving on a revoked license, according to the affidavit.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in front of Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Lila Statom.

Lane is a defendant in several other open criminal cases in Hamilton County. He is charged with assault, possession of a handgun while under the influence and possession of a controlled substance, which all qualified as a violation of his probation. He is also charged with aggravated assault, according to the county's Criminal Court website.

Contact Sofia Saric at ssaric@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476.

  photo  Hamilton County Sheriff's Office / Marquel Lane


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