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Man charged with attempted murder in Blountville shooting

May 21st, 2014 9:53 am by Rain Smith

Man charged with attempted murder in Blountville shooting

Edward Mabe

Police have made an arrest in a Tuesday night fight at a Blountville residence, where a gun was allegedly pulled, a man was pistol whipped and at least three shots fired.

According to Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart, Edward Mabe, 49, of 280 George Carr Road, was apprehended during a traffic stop shortly after the incident. He's charged with attempted-second degree murder and aggravated assault.

The victim in the altercation, Jesse Smith, 29, was reportedly grazed in the head by a bullet and beaten, then transported to the hospital by EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

Shortly after 8 p.m. police were called to 286 George Carr Road. According to statements from numerous witnesses, Smith was visiting at the home when Mabe arrived and ignited a verbal altercation with another individual.

Police are still sorting through what may have triggered the disagreement, but they say Smith, of 571 Buncombe Road, apparently came to the defense of the individual Mabe had accosted. Mabe and Smith then began to argue, with their subsequent dustup spilling out of the residence and onto the front porch.

That's when Mabe allegedly pulled a pistol from his waistband, pointed it towards Smith's head and fired one round. Despite the men's close proximity, according to witness statements, Smith was not disabled by the shot, and the pair then engaged in a brawl.

During the fight, Mabe allegedly used the pistol to strike Smith several times in the head. Earhart says the weapon is believed to have discharged at least two additional times, though it's not known if one of those shots or the previous one grazed Smith in the head.

Mabe allegedly fled to his nearby home on foot, then left the residence in a vehicle. Shortly thereafter SCSO deputies spotted the vehicle on Buncombe Road and conducted a stop at the intersection of Feather's Chapel.

Mabe was taken into custody without incident and consented to a search of his home. Police say they located the gun he's beleived to have wielded inside the residence.

Following extensive interviews at the Sheriff's Office, police placed charges against Mabe and booked him into jail. Earhart reports he admitted to having the gun when the altercation occurred, but denied pulling it on Smith. He did confirm that it fired as the pair were fighting, but said he didn't know who had pulled the trigger. An investigation into the incident is continuing.

Mabe was released from jail on Wednesday afternoon after posting $25,000 bond.

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