Police: Hawkins County woman shot sleeping husband

Jeff Bobo • Jun 16, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman has been charged with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting her husband in the face early Monday morning while he slept.

At 1:47 a.m. Monday, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Oak Grove Road near Rogersville on a call of a man running down the road being chased by a woman with a gun.

When HCSO Sgt. Greg Larkin arrived on the scene, he met Norman Johnson, 33, 434 Oak Grove Road, who was “bleeding badly from the mouth,” according to Larkin’s report.

Johnson told the deputy he’d been awakened minutes earlier thinking he had been struck in the head by some type of object. Johnson told the deputy he then went to the bathroom and washed blood from his mouth and face, and as he stepped out of the bathroom he found his wife, Tracy Michelle Johnson, 37, of that same address.

“Tracy stepped into the doorway holding a gun,” HCSO Detective Jeff Greer stated in his report. “(Mr. Johnson) said she was crying. He asked her what she was doing, and she replied she didn’t know, and raised the gun, pointing it at him.

“He grabbed the gun and it discharged, striking the bedroom ceiling.”

Norman Johnson then grabbed his cell phone and fled the residence.

When Larkin found Tracy Johnson, she was sitting in the doorway of the home holding a semiautomatic pistol. She complied with the deputy’s command to drop the weapon.

Tracy Johnson reportedly told Deputy Ronnie Lawson that her father was at the residence. Lawson indicated that Tracy Johnson was acting terrified of him.

Tracy Johnson also told deputies she remembered nothing that had happened since she went to bed about 10:30 p.m.

Tracy Johnson is employed as a mail carrier in Rogersville and is easily recognized by many people because she often delivers to downtown businesses and government offices.

She was being held Monday in the Hawkins County Jail on $100,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment in sessions court on June 30.

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