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Authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred at a rest area on Interstate 40 Tuesday at approximately 4:30 pm (CST). In a press release, Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox said that the Cumberland County 911 received a call that a man had been shot in the chest at the 324 East Bound rest area on Interstate 40. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene to determine what had happened. Injured at the scene was Chadwick Ellsworth Barnthouse, age 39 of Virginia, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and hand. Mr. Barnthouse was airlifted to UT Hospital as TDOT was informed that Interstate 40 would be closed temporarily to allow the helicopter to land. Sheriff Casey Cox said that the preliminary investigation confirms that this event was a single act and not an active shooter event. There is no danger to the public at this time. Sheriff Cox said the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division continue to work together on this investigation. Additional releases will be made as information becomes available.
Officials have released the identifications in the shooting incident at 10:35am Tuesday, April 11 at the Ficosa Plant in the New Highlands Business Park in Cookeville. According to the Cookeville Police, witnesses say, 30 year old Angelique Elizabeth Deplae approached the vehicle of 35 year old Rebecca Ann Louise Marion Crowley and 20 year old Tyler Wayne Stults who were seated at the time, in the car located in the Ficosa parking lot. According to witnesses, Deplae opened the driver’s door, began firing a revolver into the vehicle then apparently walked toward the front of the vehicle and took her own life. The investigation revealed that Mr. Stults and Ms. Deplae had been in a prior domestic relationship. Stults remains in critical condition in a Nashville hospital while Crowley is listed in critical condition in a Chattanooga hospital.
According Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox there was a shooting Tuesday afternoon in Cumberland County: I-40 East Bound, Mile Marker 326 in the Rest Stop Area. The male victim has been air lifted to UT Medical Center. Please use caution in the areas around the Rest Stop Area at Mile Marker 326 as you may experience delays due to the investigation.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Tuesday evening they are investigating a shooting in Cumberland County at the 324 Rest Area. One man sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. A possible shooter may still be at large, as of 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11. A description of the shooter was given to THP of a 6-foot-tall white male, bald and in a dark-colored shirt. The suspect's vehicle description was unknown. Interstate 40 eastbound was shut down to land Lifeforce helicopters in order to fly out one subject that had been shot. THP said they were unsure of any other victims as of Tuesday evening. TDOT was notified to assist with the interstate closure. THP's CID and aviation teams were dispatched to the scene. THP said the active investigation is ongoing. As of 6:12 p.m. Tuesday, April 11., THP said they were handing the investigation over to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
Agents with the FBI and TBI were in Jamestown on Tuesday to investigate allegations of impropriety at the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department and the county jail. Authorities would not give specific details on those allegations. The Sheriff of Fentress County is Chucky Cravens.