NEWPORT — A Greene County man is facing aggravated assault and a number of other charges after his alleged involvement Saturday night in a shooting in Parrottsville that left an 18-year-old Chuckey man injured.
Adonte Nicholas Lawson, 19, of 6795 Horton Highway, is additionally charged by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department with possession of a handgun while under the influence, possessing a firearm during commission or attempt to commit a dangerous felony, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, tampering with or fabricating evidence, felony possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule III drug, possession of a Schedule IV drug and alteration of a (weapon’s) permanent distinguishing number.
Lawson’s bond was set at $200,000 and he is held in the Cocke County Jail pending a first appearance in Cocke County General Sessions Court.
Cocke County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Long Creek Road near the Greene County line at the request of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to investigate a shooting that occurred just before 10 p.m. Saturday.
Upon arrival, Cocke County sheriff’s Lt. Chris Gregg learned the victim, Jacob S. Bledsoe, of Earl Baxter Road, suffered a gunshot wound to the back and had already been transported to a hospital.
Deputies spoke with a 14-year-old juvenile from Mosheim and Lawson, who were front and back seat passengers in a car, respectively.
Gregg said both Lawson and the juvenile initially told different stories to them and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
Both told Cocke County deputies that while they stopped on the side of the road to use the bathroom, another vehicle reportedly pulled up and shot Bledsoe in the back while he was standing outside their vehicle.
An incident narrative by Gregg stated that when he and other deputies looked, they noticed the bullet entered the back of the driver’s front seat and exited the front of the same seat “at a somewhat flat trajectory,” the narrative said.
There were no holes in the rear seat or in the rear of the vehicle.
According to the report, a witness saw Lawson exiting the woods prior to deputies’ arrival. Deputies then subsequently searched the nearby area where they found a cooler covered with tall grass.
Inside the cooler were a loaded Hi-Point 9mm handgun, a bottle of liquid codeine, 16 Alprazolam pills, and a large set of scales. A bag containing Lawson’s credit card and wallet was also found in the cooler.
When deputies confronted Lawson, he told deputies the shooting was an accident and the “gun accidentally went off,” the narrative states.
Lawson also admitted to smoking marijuana. Deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from Lawson, the narrative said.
Lawson was placed under arrest. On the way to jail, a deputy saw him repeatedly “dig in the rear of his pants,” the narrative said.
The deputy stopped, searched Lawson and found a little over 28 grams of suspected marijuana.
Gregg wrote in the narrative that when deputies examined the firearm, they noticed the serial number on the gun was filed down so it was unidentifiable.
At the jail, Lawson was read his rights a second time “and stated the gun went off in the car as he was placing it back in the cooler bag we found it in,” the narrative said.
Bledsoe’s condition was not immediately available Tuesday morning.
The shooting remains under investigation.