Loudon County Sheriff’s Office has initiated a homicide investigation after deputies responded to a shooting July 29 on Ford Road.
George Harrill, 65, of Lenoir City, was found with multiple gunshot wounds at 6:22 p.m.
Jimmy Davis, LCSO chief deputy, said Priority Ambulance initially planned to transport Harrill to University of Tennessee Medical Center, but while en route he went into cardiac arrest and was taken to Tennova. Harrill was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital.
“We’re giving all the information over to the district attorney general’s office and see what they say, whether they maybe want to take it to grand jury or something of that nature,” Davis said. “But we’re working with them, getting them all the information with one of their (assistant district attorneys) and seeing if there’s anything that could be chargeable out of the offense.”
No charges have been filed against the man involved in the shooting, he said.
“We have interviewed all of the parties and witnesses involved and are still engaged in a very active investigation,” Davis said in a release. “Our Criminal Investigations Division is working with our district attorney’s office in reference to charges related to this shooting. Once those findings are complete, more information will be available.”
Davis declined comment on what led to the shooting.
Russell Johnson, 9th Judicial District attorney general, said his office is awaiting the preliminary autopsy report and an in-home security video that has not been reviewed.
“There are no immediate charge(s) and may never because based on the shooter’s statement, as corroborated by the evidence at the scene, the shooter appears to have a viable self-defense claim,” Johnson said in an email correspondence. “This may change once we review the autopsy and potential video.”
Johnson said Tuesday morning that he did not have the case file from investigators. He said the plan will “probably” be to present the case to a Loudon County grand jury early next week.
“Our condolences go out to Mr. Harrill’s family as they face the days ahead and deal with this tragedy,” Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider said in a release.