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Update: Rockwood man dies from gunshot wounds sustained in Harriman home invasion

3:00 PM, Dec 21, 2009   |    comments
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Roane County deputies said a 19-year-old Rockwood man has died from gunshot wounds they believe he sustained while robbing a Harriman home.

The other suspect, Preston D. Harvest, 19, of Harriman told deputies that he and the deceased, Michael S. Johnson of Rockwood, planned to rob a home at 419 Old Valley Road. 

Harvest said they first tried to force the front door open. When that didn't work, Johnson crawled through a window.

While Harvest was waiting for Johnson, he told investigators he heard gunshots.

The Sheriff's Department has found evidence of forced entry in the home.

Harvest is being charged with attempted aggravated burglary and vandalism. He's being held at the Roane County Jail on a $52,000 bond.

Johnson was transported to Roane Medical Center where he later died of his injuries. Deputies said an autopsy will be performed Monday at UT Medical Center.


Roane County investigators believe a Harriman homeowner  shot an intruder on Sunday night.

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said two men tried to break into a home at 419 Old Valley Road shortly before 8 p.m. 

Stockton said the men didn't think anyone was home when they tried to kick in the door.  When that didn't work, one suspect tried to go into the house through the window.

That's when investigators say the homeowner got scared and used a 9 mm handgun to shoot one of the suspects twice.

An ambulance got stuck in the mud trying to get the wounded suspect.

Lifestar was dispatched to the home and landed near the scene. However, a second ambulance arrived and transported  the suspect to Roane Medical Center.  His condition is not being released.

The other suspect has been taken into custody, and charges are pending.

Names of the suspects and the homeowner have not been released by investigators at this point.


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