Note: This story was updated at 8:55 p.m.
A man was shot in the leg early Tuesday while attempting to steal a utility trailer and rail buggy in Anderson County, authorities said.
The shooting was reported at about 2:19 a.m. Tuesday when two men tried to steal the utility trailer and hook it up to a vehicle on Sulphur Springs Road, said Tyler Mayes, director of administrative services for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.
The property owner told Deputy Randy Seay, that after hearing noises, he and his son went outside and saw a dark vehicle backed up to their utility trailer, which was loaded with a rail buggy. The property owner noticed two people, later identified as Bret Weaver, 40, and Joey Seiber, 27, trying to hook up the trailer to their vehicle, Mayes said in a media release.
The property owner grabbed his shotgun and told the two men he had a gun. He then fired two shots—one up in the air and the other toward the tongue of the trailer, Mayes said.
Seiber was struck in the leg by one of the gun shots and was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where he underwent a lengthy surgery for his injuries, Mayes said. His condition is not considered life-threatening, authorities said.
Weaver was arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy and property theft between $2,500 and $9,999. He is being held at the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton with no bond, Mayes said.
Charges are pending against Seiber, Mayes said.
The home owner hasn’t been identified yet, and no charges are pending against the home owner at this time, Mayes said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.