One man was allegedly robbed and carjacked on Laurel Road in Anderson County early Monday morning, while another was reportedly shot in the foot as the result of a bad drug deal in Campbell County, authorities said.
Authorities received a report that a 2007 Kia Sportage had been stolen at gunpoint on Laurel Road at about 2 a.m. Monday. The vehicle was reported to be possibly headed to Oak Ridge or Oliver Springs after the alleged carjacking and robbery.
The vehicle was recovered by the Oak Ridge Police Department at Manhattan Apartments on North Purdue Avenue.
Darien Noe of LaFollette told Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Michael A. Poole that two suspects held guns on him and stole his vehicle, shoes, and other items, forcing him to leave the vehicle on Laurel Road, according to an incident report. Noe went to a house on Laurel Road to ask for help, and that resident called 911.
An alert was sent out to other law enforcement agencies to tell them to watch out for the stolen vehicle.
Noe initially said he had been kidnapped by the two possible suspects, who have been identified, Poole said, but he “had difficulty providing an accurate sequence of events.” But Noe told authorities that he had, at one point, knocked a black nine-millimeter handgun from the hand of one of the suspects, and it discharged inside the Kia, shooting that suspect in the foot near Town Talk on Lake City Highway.
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge told dispatchers that one of the possible suspects had reported to the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the foot.
Noe later told authorities that the incident started in Campbell County as the result of a bad drug deal, Poole said. A Campbell County detective was notified to come interview Noe.
An Anderson County detective interviewed Noe at the Sheriff’s Department as well as the suspect who was shot and had reported to Methodist Medical Center.
The case has been referred to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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