Dispute turns into shooting on Spring Street

Posted By | February 27, 2012 12:00 am

On Feb. 17, Sparta Police Department responded to a hit and run crash behind Spring Street Barbershop, that quickly turned into the scene of a shooting.
Sgt. Chris Bennett of the Sparta Police Department arrived to the scene of the crash at 12:39 p.m. As he began his investigation, he noticed a disturbance at 124 N. Spring Street.
Sgt. Bennett witnessed a resident, Randy Maddux, sitting in the side yard holding his left leg. Maddux reportedly told Sgt. Bennett that he had been shot.
As Sgt. Bennett called for EMS and additional police backup, he learned that another man had also been shot but had fled the scene before Sgt. Bennett arrived.
Dispatch put out a call to surrounding areas with the possible identity of the suspect. Police notified other hospitals to be aware of a gunshot victim and to notify police if the suspect sought treatment.
At this time the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and White County Sheriff Department joined the investigation.
At approximately 3:52 p.m., Murfreesboro Police Department notified the Sparta Police Department that a gunshot wound victim, James Brandon Henry, had sought treatment at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, claiming that he had been shot in White County.
Henry’s statement was taken by Murfreesboro Police and forwarded to Sparta Police Department. Henry had an indictment for his arrest in White County for manufacturing/delivery/selling of schedule F drugs, which was served on him in Murfreesboro.
Both victims were treated and released from the hospital with non-life threatening wounds.
Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth says that it’s still not clear exactly what happened or what the motive was for the shooting.
Four statements have been taken by police so far, but up to six people were present at the time that shots were fired. Police are still trying to locate the remaining witnesses to take statements.
Police have, however, gathered evidence that leads them to believe that Randy Maddux was driver in the hit and run. Chief Guth also alleges that there was only one shot fired that hit both men.
Chief Guth says that the department is still investigating the shooting. He stated that charges are pending and will be filed once the investigation is complete.
“If there was an issue in the house, they could have called us and all of this could have been avoided,” Chief Guth asserts.

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