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Michael Godsby

The suspect in the Oct. 3 shooting of a fellow South Pittsburg, Tenn., man now faces multiple felony charges, officials said.

Michael Godsby remained at-large for more than two weeks before he was taken into custody last Thursday by U.S. marshals at a home in Monteagle, Marion County Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said.

South Pittsburg Police Officer Josh Winters has filed charges against Godsby for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, felony reckless endangerment, criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, aggravated domestic assault and on a warrant with violation of probation, Burnett said.

Godsby is being held without bond and has a date in Marion County General Sessions Court on Nov. 15, Burnett said.

Authorities said the victim, Zachary K. Cantrell, was wounded by gunshots fired by Godsby. Officers found Cantrell lying in the grass in the 200 block of Birch Avenue, former South Pittsburg Police Chief Ryan Meeks said at the time of the initial investigation.

The shooting happened at 10:22 p.m. CDT on Oct. 3 in a quiet, wooded neighborhood on the west side of town.

After the shooting, Cantrell was taken to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga for treatment of a bullet wound to his back and a grazing wound on his hand. He since has been released, officials said.

Cantrell and Godsby knew each other through a child of Cantrell's, but it was unknown whether there was a history of problems between the two, officials said.

The weapon used in the incident was a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, officials said.

Burnett said Wednesday that the charges against Godsby are serious for a convicted felon.

"That's six felonies. He could be looking at a substantial amount of time in jail if convicted on all of those," Burnett said.

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