Ooltewah shooting suspect said victim was going to kill him and had 'a demon in him'

Ooltewah shooting suspect said victim was going to kill him and had 'a demon in him'

June 26th, 2019 by Rosana Hughes in Local Regional News

Tyler Reid

Tyler Reid

The suspect in Tuesday's Ooltewah shooting allegedly said the victim had "a demon in him" and that he was afraid the victim was going to kill him, court records show.

Tyler Reid, 21, is accused of shooting and seriously injuring a 24-year-old man. The man's condition is not known at this time.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the home in the 9000 block of Heatherloch Lane just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. There they encountered Reid, who was sitting on a couch with his hands up, according to Hamilton County court records.

"I did it. I did it. I shot him," he told deputies, who were trying to find where the victim was.

They found the victim, who was unresponsive but appeared to be breathing, lying on a bed in a back bedroom with his head wrapped in blood-soaked towels. A woman was holding the towels to the man's head in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

The woman told detectives that she was getting ready for bed when she heard a loud "pop" and saw Reid in the victim's bedroom.

She asked Reid what was going on, but he told her he didn't know. So she asked the victim.

He "was just lying there and was moving but not responding to her," the woman told detectives. He finally got up and she saw blood running down his back.

She turned to her bedroom to call 911 when she heard another "pop" and ran back to the room where she saw Reid with a gun in his hand, court records state.

"He's got a demon in him," she said Reid told her. "Don't tell on me. [He] was gonna kill me. You know he needs help. He's got a demon in him."

The woman told detectives that Reid then began panicking and pacing with his eyes closed, "as if he was praying."

At the scene, deputies found spent shell casings, live ammunition and a projectile covered in what appeared to be blood. The weapon, a .25 caliber pistol, was found in a bag that Reid pointed out to deputies and said belonged to him.

Reid was taken into custody and charged with attempted first-degree murder.

He was booked into the Hamilton County Jail late Tuesday night, where he is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

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