Victim fatally shot after altercation in Tellico Village

News Sentinel staff
 
Loudon County authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in the Tellico Village retirement community Thursday that apparently followed an altercation between two retirees.

Loudon County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the reported shooting at 6:15 p.m., where they found the victim lying on a neighborhood road while the suspect waited at the scene, according to Sheriff Tim Guider.

The victim had been standing in the road near his golf cart, while the suspect fired from his vehicle.

They were having words and it got out of hand maybe some type of road rage,' Guider said.

A witness reported hearing a sustained car horn, then a gunshot, the sheriff said.

The suspect now is in custody and will likely be charged this morning, Guider said. He declined to identify the suspect or the victim, describing both only as senior citizens who lived the community on Tellico Lake.

Guider said he was unaware whether there had been any previous problems between them.


Deadly shooting in upscale Loudon County retirement community

By MONA NAIR 6 News Reporter

TELLICO VILLAGE (WATE) - Deputies are investigating a deadly shooting in a quiet, upscale retirement community in Loudon County.

The sheriff says the crime happened a little after 6 p.m. in Tellico Village.

Investigators believe the shooting victim was a retiree returning from a golf game in his golf cart. They believe he drove past another retiree in a car.

No one is clear on exactly what happened between the two men on the street.

The sheriff tells 6 News the man in the car shot and killed the man driving the golf cart.

"It appears a witness heard a horn blowing and a few minutes after that they heard a gunshot.  It appears there was an altercation of some sort. We're not sure if it is physical or verbal," said Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider.

Bob McGinnes lives a quarter mile from the scene. He says both the victim and the alleged shooter live close to where the incident happened.

McGinnes says he was golfing buddies with the victim.

"Really nice guy, really nice," said McGinnes.

He's also familiar with the man police say fired the fatal gunshot.

"He's kind of an odd person. He's had some altercations in the past with someone that I know," said McGinnes.

The sheriff says after the shooting, the suspect stood on the side of the road waiting for them to arrive and arrest him.

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