Police: Catoosa Co. man arrested in Dunlap was plotting to kill his ex-wife

Police say Charles Henry Skibbe wanted to buy a gun so he could kill his ex-wife. He's now in the Sequatchie Co. Jail. (Images: Dunlap Police/MGN)

Police in Dunlap say they have arrested and charged a man from Catoosa County for drug possession and attempting to illegally purchase a weapon. Police say they believe the weapon was intended to be used to murder his ex-wife and her male friend.

Officers arrested 56-year-old Charles Henry Skibbe on Monday.

Police say detectives had suspected for a while that Skibbe, a convicted felon, was selling methamphetamine in the Dunlap area.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Skibbe was also trying to buy a handgun.

Detectives went undercover, with help from the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office, TBI and ATF.

An undercover officer started communicating with Skibbe, who said he wanted the weapon to murder his ex-wife and her friend.

The undercover officer was able to arrange a meeting with Skibbe in Dunlap to purchase a .40-caliber pistol.

At 6:30 Monday evening, that officer met with Skibbe in Dunlap. Police say once again, Skibbe told the officer he wanted to murder his ex-wife.

Police say Skibbe also showed the undercover officer about 1/8th of an ounce of methamphetamine that he wanted to trade for the pistol.

Once the two men made the exchange, nearby officers arrested Skibbe.

Dunlap Police say TBI and ATF Agents traveled to Catoosa County to search Skibbe’s residence, with the assistance of the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office. That search turned up some drug paraphernalia items, according to police.

Police say agents also made contact with Skibbe’s ex-wife, who provided them with threatening text messages that Skibbe had recently sent her.

Skibbe is now being held without bond at the Sequatchie County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Online state records in Virginia, Florida and Wisconsin show a lengthy arrest record for Skibbe. He has been convicted on charges that include possession of a firearm as a felon, possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, auto theft, DUI 4th offense, and driving on a revoked license.

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