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UPDATE: Two of three wanted for questioning in Wise County found; Hickman still at large

Stephen Igo • Jun 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM

WISE — Two of three individuals sought for questioning in a Saturday shooting incident that seriously injured a Wise County man were found Tuesday afternoon. The other individual — 24-year-old Lewis Wesley Hickman III, and the one of most concern to authorities — remained at large as of around 6 p.m.

Hickman has been named as a person of interest in the shooting of 50-year-old Chris Standifer. At around 11 p.m. Saturday, Standifer received a gunshot wound to his lower back while in his garage on Back Valley Road near Big Stone Gap. Standifer was reported in critical but stable condition on Tuesday.

At around 7 p.m. Monday, police spotted a vehicle connected to Hickman and gave chase, but when authorities caught up the car was abandoned on Strawberry Patch Road just across the Lee County line, also near Big Stone Gap, and the three individuals believed to be in the vehicle had fled on foot.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office reported 22-year-old Paige Elizabeth Carroll and 40-year-old Aaron Lee Adams had been taken into custody. Details of their apprehension were unavailable.

Carroll and Adams were also wanted for questioning in the Standifer shooting. Carroll has an outstanding capias warrant in Lee County and was taken into custody when located Tuesday on that warrant. Adams has no outstanding warrants according to the WCSO.

The WCSO said authorities were still searching for Hickman with the search primarily focused on the Strawberry Patch and surrounding areas, a heavily forested rural location just west of Big Stone Gap. The WCSO said Hickman is to be considered armed and dangerous. He is a white male 6 feet tall, 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone spotting Hickman is asked to call their local enforcement jurisdiction or the WCSO at (276) 328-3756.

Besides being sought as a person of interest in the Standifer shooting, Hickman is wanted in Wise County on a number of charges unrelated to the shooting, including drug charges, violation of probation, grand larceny, burglary, trespassing and shoplifting. Hickman is also wanted in Lee County on a charge of obstruction of justice.

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WISE — Wise County authorities are seeking two men — one of them already being sought as a person of interest in a shooting incident that left a man seriously wounded late Saturday — and a woman after the three allegedly abandoned a car after a police chase Monday evening.

On Tuesday, Wise County Assistant Sheriff Col. Grant Kilgore said at around 7:30 p.m. Monday, officers spotted a vehicle fitting the description of one sought in relation to the Saturday night shooting of 50-year-old Chris Standifer while Standifer was in his garage at his Back Valley Road residence near Big Stone Gap.

Standifer received one bullet wound to his lower back and was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. On Tuesday, Kilgore said the last report of Standifer's condition was critical but stable at HVMC.

After giving chase Monday, Kilgore said officers found the suspect vehicle abandoned on Strawberry Patch Road, near Big Stone Gap but just across the Lee County line. A canine search of the area was unsuccessful.

Kilgore named Lewis Wesley Hickman III, 24, as a person of interest in Standifer's shooting, but Hickman is also sought for a "laundry list" of charges unrelated to the shooting.

The two others believed to have been in the car and also sought are Paige Elizabeth Carroll, 22, wanted for a capias warrant involving a driving under the influence charge in Lee County, and 40-year-old Aaron Lee Adams of Norton.

Adams has no outstanding warrants, but Kilgore said Adams is "an associate" of Hickman and "somebody we do want to talk to." Carroll is a white female with green eyes and brown hair, 5-foot-8, 120 pounds. Adams is a white male, 5-foot-11, blue eyes and brown hair.

Kilgore said Hickman is to be considered armed and dangerous. Hickman is a white male, 6 feet in height, 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of any of the three are asked to call their local law enforcement jurisdiction or the Wise County Sheriff's Office at (276) 328-3756.

Besides being sought for questioning in the Standifer shooting, Hickman is wanted in Wise County for attempt to distribute crystal methamphetamine (meth), conspiracy to distribute crystal meth, attempt to distribute imitation Schedule I or II drugs, violation of probation on a felony offense underlying a charge of grand larceny/burglary, three counts of grand larceny, one count of burglary, trespassing and shoplifting.

Hickman is also wanted in Lee County on an obstruction of justice charge.

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