Police: Shots fired outside Johnson City bar leads to arrest of SWVA man
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Police say a Big Stone Gap, Virginia man was arrested early Sunday morning after shots were fired outside a downtown Johnson City, Tennessee bar.
CBS affiliate WJHL reports police say while patrolling the downtown area, they heard gunshots and observed the suspect, Terrell Coward, 31. standing next to a vehicle with bullet holes in it and casings on the ground.
Officers also reportedly performed a traffic stop on a vehicle leaving the parking lot and recovered a firearm.
Police say an investigation led them to believe that Coward had been at a local bar, where he reportedly got into an altercation with victims.
Coward reportedly went to his vehicle, retrieved a handgun, and began firing at the victims once they entered the parking lot. The victims told police that they also retrieved a handgun from their vehicle and began firing at Coward in self-defense.
No one was injured during this incident.
Johnson City police report that Coward was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a weapon, and simple possession of marijuana.
Coward is being held in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $53,000 bond with an arraignment scheduled for Monday.