Gunshots into grandmother's vehicle may have been attempt at intimidation

Jeff Bobo • Apr 7, 2018 at 1:20 PM

CHURCH HILL — A 60-year-old Hawkins County woman who discovered bullet holes in her vehicle Wednesday afternoon believes they may have been the result of three loud "pops" she heard outside her residence earlier that morning.

Her son told the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office those gunshots may have been a message to her grandson, who had recently been staying with her temporarily.

Joyce Forbis, who resides on Carters Valley Road near Church Hill, reported to HCSO Deputy Anthony Crosby Wednesday afternoon that she'd discovered two bullet holes on her Honda CRV — one on the right front door and one on the right front quarter panel.

She told Crosby she'd heard the "pops" around 3 a.m. that morning but was unable to determine their origin.

Her son, Matthew K. Forbis, reportedly told Crosby that his step-son, who is listed as a 21-year-old transient, had been staying with his grandmother recently, but was gone by Wednesday afternoon.

"(Mr. Forbis) stated that his step-son had confided in him that he had been involved in a drug transaction several days earlier which had triggered this event, as several parties were unhappy with the transaction," Crosby stated in his report. "He (the step-son) may have been the intended victim of this act of intimidation."

The names of two suspects were given to Crosby, and an investigation is ongoing.

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