Radio traffic, attorney reveal 911 caller who led deputies to home where man was then shot

Radio traffic from the night a Walker County deputy shot and killed a Rossville man reveals who made the 911 call that sent police to the home. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE (Tuesday 4:00 p.m.):

Radio traffic from the night a Walker County deputy shot and killed a Rossville man reveals who made the 911 call that sent police to the home.

Mark Parkinson and his daughter Amy Gass lived inside the home on Meadowview Drive, according to attorney Larry Stagg. Stagg is representing Gass in her divorce from her husband Steven.

Stagg says Gass recently got custody of her children and moved in with her parents because she was concerned about her estranged husband's behavior.

Stagg told NewsChannel 9 that her estranged husband's mother was the one who called 911, and radio traffic from Broadcastify backs that up:

"147 Meadowview Drive, 147 Meadowview Drive. (inaudible) advise that her daughter-in-law texted her and told her she was going to harm herself, her husband, and the children. And advised she does carry a firearm in her purse."

The GBI says when deputies arrived, they saw Gass's father Mark Parkinson inside the home with a gun.

Agents say deputies announced themselves several times, but shot and killed Parkinson when he pointed his gun at them. Mark Parkinson was 65.

Gass's attorney says his client denies allegations that she was threatening to hurt her children.

Now, the GBI is trying to determine if the call was made maliciously or in good faith.

An agent tells us if they determine the caller knew the information provided was false, that person could be charged.

Gass's attorney also NewsChannel 9 that Gass and her estranged husband talked on the phone a couple of hours before the shooting happened.

The GBI says they are working to obtain phone records of calls that came into and out of the home that night.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) says three deputies were on the scene of the incident when it happened, but only Deputy John Chandler fired at Parkinson.

Major Mike Freeman with the WCSO says all three deputies have been put on paid administrative leave.

Deputy Chandler was hired by WCSO in April of 2017 but he has nearly six years of law enforcement experience.

Parkinson was charged with simple battery in 2004. A judge dismissed the case after he went through anger management.

In 2017, officers charged him with simple battery and criminal trespassing. That case was still pending when he died.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

PREVIOUSLY (Tuesday 1:00 p.m.):

We have learned some new details from the GBI about the incident.

Agents have interviewed the person who made the initial 911 call. We're told that person has never lived at the home where the shooting occurred.

Agents have also interviewed Parkinson's family members who were inside the home at the time of the incident.

Right now, the GBI says they do not know if the call was made maliciously or in good faith, and are still investigating. If they determine someone knew it was false and did it maliciously, that person could be charged with false report of a crime. If they were acting in good faith, they would not be charged.

The GBI says there are other leads they have to follow up on, including obtaining phone records that show calls going into and out of the residence.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


According to the GBI, a Walker County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed a Rossville man just a few hours into the New Year. It happened at around 3:15 a.m. on Meadowview Drive in Rossville.

The county received a 911 call claiming a woman wanted to kill herself and her children. Deputies later responded to 147 Meadowview Drive for a welfare check in response to the call. The GBI says someone who wasn't at the house made the 911 call.

When deputies went to the house on Meadowview Drive for a welfare check they didn't see anything to back up the caller's claims, according to the GBI.

Now friends of Parkinson are trying to understand what happened. Ashley Bryan became close with Mark Parkinson and his family when she bought their old house.

"They were just the perfect, just golden," said Ashley Bryan. "Just the most precious."

Bryan was in disbelief when she learned Parkinson, who she says was like family to her, died on New Year's Day at the hands of a Walker County Sheriff's Deputy.

"It shouldn't have happened to him," said Bryan.

According to the GBI, deputies went to 147 Meadowview Drive for a welfare check. The GBI says deputies saw Parkinson with a gun and announced they were from the Walker County Sheriff's Office. The GBI says Parkinson then pointed his weapon at a deputy. Deputy John Chandler then fired shots, killing Parkinson.

"I can't imagine him ever doing that," said Bryan. "Just because of the person that he was. He must have thought that his family's life was in danger to do that or not known who it was at the door."

Deputies made the welfare check where Parkinson died because someone called 911, and told dispatchers a woman was threatening suicide, and threatened to kill her children. New tonight, the GBI tells NewsChannel 9 that call didn't come from the Parkinson's house. And when they arrived, agents say there wasn't anything that indicated the caller's claims were true. The whole situation leaves friends sad, confused and desperate for answers.

"I don't blame the officers at all given the situation," said Bryan. "However I know it was a mistake or a misunderstanding somewhere."

Bryan says Parkinson was a Navy veteran, and worked as a nurse while he served. She described him as someone who always protected and helped people.

Visitation for Parkinson will happen Monday and Tuesday at Wilson Funeral home, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

His funeral will take place Wednesday at the same place, with a gravesite ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

This is a developing story. Depend on us to keep you updated.

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