A Thorn Hill man allegedly attempted a drive-by shooting of his wife while she was a passenger in another moving vehicle.
Michael Shane Winstead, 31, was arrested last week on attempted criminal homicide, reckless endangerment and vandalism charges in connection with this case.
Claiborne County Sheriff’s Officer Blake Laws was dispatched to the Springdale BP Market to meet with the alleged victims. According to the Incident Report, Laws observed two bullet holes located on the passenger side of the 2015 Kia Optima – one on the rear passenger door and the other on the rear quarter panel. The officer reported that he also found a bullet just inside the rear passenger door of the victims’ vehicle.
Laws states in his report, dated March 12, that the two female victims in this case told him that Winstead had attempted to run them “off the road” during the initial chase and that they had been “shot at” while driving on US Hwy. 25E.
“(The suspect’s wife) stated that (Winstead) passed them and then began to chase them in his Toyota pickup. (The victims) …tried to get away from him but could not. (The suspect’s wife) stated that the chase started in Grainger County. She stated when they made it into Claiborne County on Hwy. 25E that Michael (Winstead) drove up beside them on the passenger side and shined a bright light into the car. (The wife) stated that she then laid back so he couldn’t see her. She then heard three gun shots and…(Winstead) then turned around and started traveling back south towards Grainger County,” reads the Incident Report, in part.
Laws issued a B.O.L.O. (be on the lookout) for Winstead’s pickup. Moments later, Grainger County law enforcement advised Claiborne E-911 that Winstead was in custody, according to the report.
Assisting CCSO officers transported Winstead to the Claiborne County Jail, where he remains incarcerated under a $250,000 bond.
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