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Man reportedly shoots self in leg

John Thompson • Jun 24, 2019 at 9:51 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Carter County deputies began working a case Sunday evening that began with residents of a home reporting a man robbed them of a car at gunpoint.

The officers reported the case ended a short time later, with the alleged robber suffering an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound while driving a different vehicle.

Sgt. Michael Malone reported the first report of the incident was at 10:25 p.m. on Sunday at a residence on Dan Cole Road.

Malone said that when he arrived on the scene, a man at the residence said B.J. Taylor came inside his residence and brandished a pistol, demanding the key to a car parked at the residence. The car was described as a red 1999 Pontiac Grand Am.

Officers found the car a short time later in the parking lot of Arby's on U.S. Highway 19E, bu1 it was being driven by another man. Another witness said he saw Taylor driving a white SUV.

And 10:56 p.m. on Sunday, deputies were called to the Citgo Station on the Stoney Creek Highway, where Taylor had stopped in the white SUV. He had reportedly pulled into the parking lot and flagged down off-duty Elizabethton Police Officer Lance Peters to tell him he had accidentally shot himself.

Peters removed Taylor's belt and made a tourniquet. He then called 911 for an ambulance. Taylor was then transported to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of his injury.

A records check on the SUV indicated it was stolen out of Knoxville, officers said.

At the hospital, Taylor told officers that he had gained possession of the vehicle when a friend had asked him to get the vehicle from a residence on Crook Street.

Taylor said he rode his bicycle to the residence and obtained the ignition key from the resident. He then drove the vehicle back on U.S. Highway 19E and turned onto the Stoney Creek Highway.

Officers said Taylor told them he was waiting at the red light when he noticed a Taurus G2 9 mm pistol under the driver's seat. He picked up the gun and accidentally shot himself in the leg. He then pulled into the Citgo station and sought help.

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