A Rockford man was being held at the Blount County jail Saturday as the suspect in a Friday night stabbing in Greenback.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputies initially responded to a residence in the 400 block of Meadow Road to a report of a shooting at around 10:40 p.m. Friday.
Blount County dispatchers had initially been notified a man had been shot in the hand, however authorities later determined the victim was stabbed in the hand with a knife.
Authorities immediately began searching for the suspect. Not long after receiving the call, Sheriff’s Office deputies and Maryville Police officers were involved in a traffic stop on the subject at the four-way stop on East Harper Avenue at Everett Avenue.
The suspect, a 79-year-old Rockford man, was in custody and being transported to the Blount County jail at 11:35 p.m.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant said deputies did determine the suspect fired a gun into the ceiling of the Meadow Road residence.
It was not immediately clear if the victim received medical treatment or was transported to the hospital. It was also not immediately known if he lived at the Greenback residence where the incident took place.
As of Saturday night the investigation was ongoing and the suspect had not been charged. He was being held at the jail on an investigation of aggravated assault.