Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies responded yesterday to a shooting off Butternut Ridge Road in the Rinnie community. One man was taken by private vehicle to the Circle K Market and flown by Lifestar to U.T. Medical Center. The other male shot was a passenger in a car that crashed on Highway 127 North.
The incident stemmed from an altercation that occurred in the driveway at a residence on Butternut Ridge Rd. During the altercation, 35-year-old Kyle D. Nelson obtained a handgun and then shot the victim, 29-year-old Homer Dewayne Smith, in the abdomen while Smith was sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. Carl Smith, age 69, was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle where he pulled his weapon and shot Kyle D. Nelson in self-defense.
The Smith vehicle then left Butternut Ridge Road and crashed on Hwy 127 North into a tree.
Smith underwent surgery for his injury and is listed in stable condition. Nelson was treated and released. He was transported back to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
Nelson has been charged with aggravated assault and remains in the Cumberland County Jail under a $10,000 bond awaiting a December 7, 2020 court date.