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Shooting suspect apprehended

By Greg Bird

The suspect in a shooting was caught Monday morning after eluding officials for nearly two weeks.
The Kentucky State Police had obtained information that Jimmie D. Watson, 40 was supposedly hiding in a residence on Valley Road in Stearns.
Detective Billy Correll and Trooper Joshua Roaden arrived on scene and secured the perimeter to keep the suspect from escaping. Shortly after Trooper Shaler Jones, along with Sheriff Randy Waters and Deputy Tom Smith arrived to assist.
The officers surrounded the home, and after confirming Waters was in the residence, ordered him to come out and surrender to no avail.
Shortly after 11 a.m. officers entered the residence and found Watson hiding in an attic. He was apprehended and taken into custody without further incident.
He was charged with assault 1st and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Watson was wanted in connection with an April 23 incident where he is accused of shooting a McCreary County man in the face with a shotgun after the unidentified victim went to a friend’s residence where he was confronted by Watson.
The victim and a witness managed to flee the scene, going to a local medical clinic where he were treated then airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical center. The victim was released from the hospital the next day.

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