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Update: Police say gunman shot into Johnson City store, held gun to hostage's head

John Thompson • Updated Jul 29, 2019 at 7:44 PM

A Limestone man held a convenience store clerk hostage for six hours Sunday night and early Monday morning while patrol officers and SWAT members negotiated with the armed gunman, police said.

There were no reported injuries and Marc Kristopher Skeen, 35, released his hostage and surrendered to police to end the standoff.

Skeen was held in the Carter County Detention Center on $100,000 bond and was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Sessions Court on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault and unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon.

The standoff began about 8:40 p.m. Sunday when police responded to a robbery report at the Marathon convenience store, 3211 S. Roan St.

In a court record, police reported they learned that Skeen had driven up to the front door and fired several shots through his windshield and into the store. He then entered the store and pointed a pistol at the store clerk and held the clerk at gunpoint until police arrived.

One of the first police officers to arrive entered the store. Police said Skeen pointed his pistol at the officer, then ordered the officer to get out of the store or he would shoot the clerk. Skeen then pointed the pistol at the clerk’s head.

Police then surrounded the store, and Skeen laid on the floor with the hostage on top of him. Police also said Skeen was still pointing his pistol at the victim’s head, while telling the victim that he would kill the victim if the police entered the store.

Hostage negotiators spoke with Skeen over the next several hours until he eventually surrendered.

Skeen, 130 May Bricker Road, Limestone, was arrested and taken to the Johnson City Police Department. Police said he gave a statement admitting he had consumed methamphetamine and believed police were after him, so he shot his way into the convenience store and took the clerk hostage to buy himself some time.

A criminal background check indicated Skeen was convicted of aggravated robbery on May 9, 2002, in Washington County.

In 2011, Skeen was sentenced to five years in federal prison after his arrest in Washington County on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was convicted of firing shots at someone at his home in 2009.

The Johnson City Police Department received assistance from the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office, the Carter County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol during the standoff.

Reported at 7:30 a.m.:

A Limestone man held police at bay with a hostage for six hours at a south Johnson City convenience market Sunday night and Monday morning, police said.

Hostage negotiators eventually convinced Marc Kristopher Skeen, 35, to release the hostage and disarm himself.

The standoff began about 8:40 p.m. Sunday when police responded to a robbery report at the Marathon convenience store, 3211 S. Roan St. Skeen was holding an employee at gunpoint.

Patrol officers and SWAT members set up a perimeter and secured the scene and hostage negotiators arrived. After more than six hours, negotiators convinced Skeen to stand down. No one was injured.

The Johnson City Police Department received assistance from the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office, the Carter County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol during the standoff.

Skeen, 130 May Bricker Road, Limestone, was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

He was held in the Carter County Jail awaiting a Carter County Sessions Court appearance.

In 2011, Skeen was sentenced to five years in federal prison after his arrest in Washington County on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was convicted of firing shots at someone at his home in 2009.

 

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