Roan Mountain man sought in connection with shooting

By Kathy Helms-Hughes

   Members of Carter County Sheriff's Department are seeking a Roan Mountain man wanted in connection with a shooting early Saturday in the Burbank Community of Roan Mountain.
   Sgt. Tim Lowe and Constables David Jones and Leonard Johnson responded around 1:30 a.m. to a shooting call at 150 Chase Road. According to Sheriff John Henson, when officers arrived, they found that the residents, Kim and Wayne Shell, had been hit by shotgun pellets. Mrs. Shell was transported to Johnson City Medical Center by Wings Air Rescue. Wayne Shell was transported by Carter County Rescue Squad.
   "Upon our investigation it was determined that James Douglas Jones, also of Roan Mountain, who is a boyfriend of Mrs. Shell's, came home and asked the stepdaughter where Kim was and she told him.
   "Jones took a shotgun and left that residence and went to the Shell residence in Burbank and an altercation apparently occurred. He fired a shotgun through the door of the mobile home. (The round) went through the door and hit Wayne and Kim Shell, who were inside."
   The Shells appeared to have been struck by pellets from a .12-gauge shotgun, Henson said.
   "Apparently Mrs. Shell had been living with Mr. Jones up on Willard Perkins Road in Roan Mountain," the sheriff said.
   According to Sgt. Lowe, the back door to the trailer had damage around the door knob and a small hole in the door. Blood was observed on the door knob on the inside of the house, as well as on the kitchen floor. Pellet holes were found in the kitchen wall opposite the back door.
   A spent 10-gauge cartridge was found on the back porch, along with an unfired 16-gauge round. Another unfired .16-gauge round was found in the driveway and unfired .12-gauge and .410 rounds were found inside the residence.
   Jones, 31, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault. "He already has a case pending in court on another aggravated assault which occurred from another incident in Roan Mountain where he had used a knife on a Clawson subject. That is pending in court and he was out on bond. At this point in time, Jones has not been apprehended," the sheriff said Monday evening.