Rogersville motel shooting suspect nabbed in Stanley Valley, thanks to tipster

Jeff Bobo • Oct 11, 2018 at 8:52 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A tipster led Hawkins County and Rogersville police Tuesday to a Stanley Valley residence where Rogersville motel shooting suspect Justin Robert Feagins was taken into custody after 16 days on the run.

Feagins, 26, of Midway, is accused in the Sept. 24 shooting of a man in the Comfort Inn parking lot.

Rogersville Police Department Detective Travis Fields said the motive for the shooting was robbery.

The victim, Cody Bridgewater, and Feagins reportedly never met before Sept. 23, but they had mutual friends and acquaintances.

Feagins and Bridgewater reportedly spent that day together with a female, and at some point they went to Knoxville, where Bridgewater sold two LeCoultre watches for $375.

Around 1:32 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 24, they pulled into the Rogersville Comfort Inn parking lot, and all three fell asleep in Bridgewater’s vehicle.

Bridgewater reportedly gave Fields a statement that he was awakened around 7:52 a.m. by Feagins attempting to rob him.

Feagins allegedly demanded his cash, and Bridgewater stated that when he refused to hand it over, Feagins pulled out a pistol and shot him in the abdomen.

As he was being loaded into an ambulance, Bridgewater reportedly told RPD Detective Charlie Gibson that a man known to him only as “Justin” had shot him.

Video surveillance from the motel parking lot revealed that the alleged shooter was Feagins, who is well-known to police and has a lengthy criminal record.

“Upon reviewing the security camera footage, we observed Mr. Bridgewater sitting in the driver’s side of a black vehicle and a male identified as Justin Robert Feagins standing next to him with the driver’s side door open,” Fields said. “The two males appeared to be arguing for several minutes. During this time Mr. Feagins pulls out a handgun and shoots Mr. Bridgewater in the abdomen.”

Immediately following the shooting, Feagins fled in a spray-painted green Chevy Sonic that had been reported stolen in Rogersville on Sept. 15. The value of the Sonic was reported at $7,000.

Fields said Bridgewater was hospitalized for 10 days and still has a lengthy recovery ahead of him.

Feagins is charged with attempted second-degree murder, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of stolen property over $2,500.

As of Wednesday, Feagins was being held int he Hawkins County Jail without bond. There was no information available about his next court date.

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