CPD: Husband of woman murdered in Renaissance Park swam to safety

Tyree Corley is charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery. (Images: Hamilton Co. Jail / WTVC)

UPDATE/August 27

(3:00 p.m.) Chattanooga Police accuse Tyree Corley of murdering Kathy Hardy and stealing several items from her husband, who was with her at the Renaissance Park pier that night.

CPD Investigator Walker says in the arrest report that Shawn and Kathy Hardy were on the pier just after midnight on Sunday, June 16th when they were approached by three black men.

Shawn told Walker that the men demanded everything they had on them - Shawn's wallet with $6 in it, his glasses, and a phone.

Shawn then said one of them, a light-skinned black man, pulled out a gun and fired three times. Shawn went over the pier rail into the river.

Shawn says he then swam to shore and flagged down a security guard. Police found Kathy dead on the scene.

Officer Walker says that in their investigation, a witness saw three black men in a "brisk" and "determined" walk away from the scene. The men were caught on surveillance video getting into a waiting car in the parking lot of the Business Development Center.

Later, a car matching the one in the surveillance video was involved in a robbery less than a mile from the murder scene.

Tyree Corley, a suspect in that robbery, was put on a photo lineup, and Shawn Hardy identified him as the man who shot Kathy.

Corley was arrested and charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.

His bond is set at $1 million.

(10:30 a.m.)

Chattanooga Police announced they have made an arrest in the case.

Tyree Corley is charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.

Depend on us for updates.

UPDATE: Chattanooga Police have identified the body of a woman found after a shooting in Renaissance Park.

CPD says the body belongs to Kathy Hardy. Hardy was 45.

Hardy's next of kin have been notified.

Depend on us for more details in this developing story.


The Chattanooga Police are investigating a deadly shooting overnight in Renaissance Park.

Police responded to the call just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 150 River Street.

When police arrived, they searched land and water with help from the Chattanooga Fire Department for an extended period of time before they found the victim on a pier.

Police say the victim had already died by the time they located her.

Chattanooga Police are asking anyone who was in the Coolidge or Renaissance Park area and heard or saw anything suspicious to contact the Homicide Tip Line at 423-643-5100.

Carrissa Credier visited Renaissance Park with her family Sunday, and said the shooting was scary.

"It's kinda surprising, I mean with the foot traffic, and as popular as it is for tourism it's kind of a surprise," said Carrissa Creider. "But I guess it kind of happens anywhere."

J.J. Jackson says he visits the park about three times a week, and will continue to do so after the deadly shooting.

"You just kind of hope it doesn't happen to you, but I don't think that's any excuse to live your life in fear of that happening," said J.J. Jackson.

Some of Jackson's park visits happen early in the morning - around one or two. He says - he's never felt unsafe before.

"There's usually always people down here walking there dogs, or couples walking," said Jackson. "It's usually a pretty nice place. Hopefully enough good people can saturate the community to where things like that don't happen."

The victim's identity has not been released at this time.

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