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Hawkins man accused of shooting at neighbors' feet during argument

July 15th, 2014 8:00 am by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins man accused of shooting at neighbors' feet during argument

Jeffery Edwin Ramey

SURGOINSVILLE — A Hawkins County man is facing charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after allegedly shooting at the ground near his neighbors Saturday morning during an argument.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jeremy Nash was dispatched to a complaint of shots fired at a mobile home park at 4015 Stanley Valley Road.

Willie and Calvin Weatherly, who reside at Lot 9, told Nash that they had been in a verbal argument with their neighbor that day over an "animal that had been injured earlier."

The HCSO was unable to elaborate further on the specific details of that argument.

The neighbor, Jeffery Edwin Ramey, 45, 4015 Stanley Valley road Lot 10, Surgoinsville, was allegedly carrying a .22 caliber pistol during the argument, according to witnesses.

"During the argument Jeffery fired a round into the ground," Nash stated in his report. "Willie stated that he was 5-6 feet away from Jeffery when he fired the round. Willie and Calvin both stated that Jeffery then fired the second round between their feet, into the ground, from about the same distance away."

Ramey allegedly admitted firing the two shots, and stated that neither Willie or Calvin Weatherly were armed, and they hadn't assaulted him.

Nash added, "Jeffery stated it is common practice for him to carry a revolver with him around the property, but he was not provoked to fire the weapon in this instance. Willie Weatherly stated he was in fear for his safety at the time of this incident, as well as his brother Calvin."

Ramey was released from jail shortly after his arraignment Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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