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Struggle over gun leaves woman injured, man jailed

J. H. Osborne • May 7, 2020 at 4:15 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A woman injured by shrapnel when the gun she was trying to take away from a man accidentally fired, was treated at an area medical facility, according to a press release issued on Thursday by Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Andy Seabolt.

The incident happened on Wednesday at a home in the 100 block of Ball Road, near Bristol, according to the release, which included the following details:

• The sheriff’s office was called to the home in reference to a reported shooting.

• Upon arrival, deputies determined that no one had been shot; however, an adult female had been injured.

• SCSO investigators were called to the scene and an investigation immediately began into what had occurred.

• After interviews with the victim, witnesses and the suspect, it was determined that the suspect, Jarrett Keith Belcher, age 37, of 100 Ball Road, Bristol, had possession of a rifle inside the residence.

• Belcher allegedly made threats with the firearm and the victim attempted to remove the firearm from his hands. During the struggle for the firearm, one bullet discharged into a tile floor and shrapnel caused minor injuries to the victim.

• Belcher was arrested at the scene and charged with reckless endangerment and aggravated assault. He was booked into the Sullivan County Jail with his bond set at $2,000.

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