JOHNSON CITY – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a man accused of shooting two individuals, including a deputy for the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, last night in Elizabethton.
At the request of 1st District Attorney General Tony Clark, TBI Agents, with the assistance of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and the Elizabethton Police Department, began investigating the incident on Dry Hollow Road in Elizabethton shortly after it occurred last night. Earlier, Carter County deputies responded to the home on a report of an intoxicated male waving a gun. When officers arrived at the residence and began speaking with one of the complainants, the suspect, Kelly Lee Pitts, began shooting a firearm in the direction of the officers and the complainants. At least one of the shots Pitts fired struck a Carter County deputy and at least one other shot struck a second victim. The victims were taken to the Johnson City Medical Center, where they are currently listed in stable condition. Following a search, authorities found Pitts hiding in a cave near the residence and took him into custody.
This morning, Agents arrested Pitts, 36, and charged him with seven counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder. Agents subsequently booked him into the Carter County Jail, where at the time of this release he was being held on $700,000 bond.