Grundy County shooting suspect booked into jail

Grundy County shooting suspect booked into jail

September 25th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

John Wesley Smith / Photo courtesy of Grundy County Sheriff's Office

John Wesley Smith / Photo courtesy of Grundy...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The man accused of shooting his wife at a home along State Route 108 in Altamont, Tennessee, over the weekend, has been booked into the Grundy County Jail.

Sheriff Clint Shrum said John Wesley Smith was booked and has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted criminal homicide, 11 counts of reckless endangerment, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Smith, 37, began firing shots after an argument with his wife, 32-year-old Carolyn Nicole Powell, police say.

Nicole Powell was killed, and her father, 50-year-old Jerone Powell, and an acquaintance of hers, 38-year-old Christopher Gary Hurst, were injured. Smith was also injured after Jerone Powell shot him.

Six children — all under 13 years of age — were at the house, Shrum said, and while none of them saw the shots being fired, the oldest child did try to stop a wound from bleeding.

Smith was found lying on the ground with the shotgun still in his hand.