NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged a Carthage man accused of shooting a man and then misleading investigators about his involvement in the incident.

At the request of 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, and with the assistance of the Carthage Police Department and Smith County Sheriff’s Department, TBI Special Agents began investigating the shooting of 19-year-old Kyle Neil Arndt on Saturday, August 16th. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that John LaRue recklessly discharged a firearm and shot Arndt, while the two were talking outside of Arndt’s home on Project Circle. LaRue initially reported he was not involved, but heard the shooting from his home several doors down, and saw an unknown gunman flee the scene. Agents later determined LaRue gave false information and, in fact, shot the victim. Agents also developed information that after LaRue shot Arndt, he had another individual hide the gun before police arrived. When investigators found the firearm, it was found to have the serial number filed off of the gun. Arndt’s injuries were not life-threatening.

On Sunday, TBI Agents arrested LaRue and charged the 47-year-old Carthage man with Aggravated Assault, Filing a False Report, and Alteration of an Item’s Permanent Distinguishing Numbers. Today, he was booked into the Smith County Jail, where, at the time of this release, he was being held on $21,500 bond.

John LaRue

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