Update: Fugitive shot by homeowner is out of hospital, in Sequatchie County Jail

Update: wanted fugitive shot by homeowner is out of hospital, in Sequatchie Co Jail (Image: Sequatchie County Justice Center)

UPDATE (Monday, April 15):

Officers say the homeowner who shot a wanted fugitive in Bledsoe County Saturday will not be charged because he acted in self-defense.

Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth says the man who shot Tyler Shell was defending his family.

"Mr. Shell made some sort of move, charged the homeowner, and in self defense the homeowner fired one round," Chief Huth said. "If you're in fear of your life, you have a right to defend yourself."

Huth says Shell was shot once and had non-life threatening injuries.

He was released from the hospital Monday afternoon, then was taken to the Sequatchie County Justice Center.

He faces charges including aggravated burglary, theft and evading arrest.

This all started Saturday afternoon after police say Shell broke into a family member's home and stole nine weapons, and then went to his grandmother's house and stole her car.

Officers spotted Shell driving the car that afternoon in Dunlap.

"Vehicle took off at a high rate of speed, officers turned around and attempted to catch up to it but weren't able to," Huth said.

Shell then drove up Smith Mountain Road, where a neighbor says he was almost hit by the suspect.

Police say the stolen vehicle got stuck on the mountain, then Shell took off on foot and eventually was shot outside by the homeowner.

Shell has a prior record with the county, including drug and theft charges.

Police say the homeowner who shot Tyler Shell will not be charged, and say he acted in self-defense.

Shell is expected to be released from the hospital some time today.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office has now confirmed the identity of the suspect Sunday morning.

They say multiple agencies aided in last night's arrest of Tyler Shell.

Law Enforcement says at around 8:15 p.m., officers received a call from a resident on Blue Sewannee Road.

The homeowner was outside the home and saw Shell who charged at him. That's when the resident fired one round at the the suspect, hitting him.

Shell was then arrested and transported to Erlanger with non life threatening injuries.


Bledsoe County police arrest the fugitive that Dunlap police, Sequatchie County Sherriff's deputies, and Hamilton County K-9 units searched Smith Mountain for on Saturday morning.

According to Bledsoe County Sherriff Jimmy Morris, the fugitive stole a car in Sequatchie County earlier Saturday morning. He was considered armed and dangerous.

Morris says he was high on drugs.

He was arrested a little before 10 Saturday night.

Depend on us to update you as we get more details.

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