Grand jury says Piney Flats woman shot husband in self-defense

Rain Smith • Mar 1, 2018 at 3:46 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A woman who shot her husband late last year will not face any criminal repercussions, a grand jury has determined, though the man now faces charges of domestic abuse.

Angela Bennett is the secretary for Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable and is currently running for election to the position of county trustee. On Sunday, Nov. 19, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office responded to her home in the 400 block of Beck Drive in Piney Flats.

Angela's husband, Michael Bennett, 53, was found with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.

Since Angela Bennett's son is an SCSO deputy, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was contacted to handle the case. According to the TBI, it was learned that Michael Bennett had threatened his wife with a gun and assaulted her, then broke her phone to prevent her from dialing 911.

During the assault, Angela Bennett reportedly grabbed a handgun and shot Michael Bennett, then ran to a neighbor’s home for help.

Findings of the TBI investigation were presented to a Sullivan County grand jury on Wednesday. It determined that Angela Bennett's actions were justified and she will not face any criminal charges.

However, for the alleged violence against her that spurred the shooting, Michael Bennett has been indicted on charges of aggravated domestic assault and hindering a 911 call. He turned himself in at the Sullivan County jail on Thursday and was booked into the facility on $15,000 bond.

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