WJHL.com - UPDATE: Greene County teen charged with killing father, a Greene

UPDATE: Greene County teen charged with killing father, a Greeneville Police Officer

By Josh Smith

UPDATE Friday at 9:50 a.m.:

In striped prison garb and shackles on his wrists and ankles, Ethan Alexander Self, entered Judge Ken Bailey's courtroom earlier than scheduled today for an arraignment hearing on a first degree murder charge.

On Thursday, Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns charged him with the death of his father, Roger Self, 46, a Greeneville Police Department employee.

According to the arrest warrant, Self admitted to shooting his sleeping father inside their home on Love Street Wednesday night. Police found Self's body after Greeneville Police co-workers grew concerned when Self didn't report for work.

11 Connects's Dana Wachter reports Self's hearing was set for 9 a.m., but the judge decided to move it to 8:30 a.m. after learning that a group of area high school students in a leadership class would be touring the Greene County Courthouse.

Self is a senior at Greeneville High School. He's in the Greene County Jail awaiting an April 14th hearing with bond set at $500,000.

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.

Nate Morabito

According to Greeneville Police Chief Terry Cannon, Self was a 14-year veteran with the Greeneville Police Department. Most recently, he worked behind a desk as a dispatch officer.

"He was a very good police officer and a good father and a good friend to everybody here," Cannon said. "(His fellow officers are) trying to figure out who, where, what and why this happened and since it happened at his home, they're just trying to figure things out."

Investigators with the Greene County Sheriff's Department are trying to figure things out too. Sheriff Steve Burns labeled the case a homicide investigation, but would not say much about any possible suspects.

"Don't draw any conclusions," Burns said. "Give us an opportunity to determine what happened and hopefully, (Self's neighbors) won't have anything else to be worried about."

The T.B.I. continues to help Greene County with the homicide investigation. Investigators have sent Self's body off for an autopsy.

UPDATE: 11:05 a.m.

11 Connects Nate Morabito just learned that Sgt. Roger Self died from at least one gunshot wound. Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns would not comment on the weapon used or the nature of the wound.

"We are investigating the shooting as a homicide," Burns said.

Self's co-workers at the Greeneville Police Department became worried when he didn't show up for work last night at 7 p.m. Police found Self's body a short time later at his home on Love Street in the Green Acres Subdivison.

Self is survived by an 18 year-old son.

UPDATE: 8:50 a.m.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday night's shooting death is now a homicide investigation.

WGRV radio news director Marty Ricker reports the Sheriff's Department told him they believe Greeneville Police Sergeant Roger Self died of a gunshot wound at a residence on Love Street, which is just off of Buckingham Road. According to WGRV, the Sheriff's Department said Self failed to report for his shift at 7 p.m. Wednesday night. WGRV says officers then went out to do a welfare check on Self, and found him dead of a gunshot wound.

WGRV told 11 Connects Self was a full time employee of the Greeneville Police Department for 14 years and just turned 46-years-old in February.

This morning, the Sheriff's Department told 11 Connects they will release more information sometime today. T.B.I. is also investigating the shooting
The Greene County Sheriff's Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spent Wednesday night and Thursday morning at the scene of a shooting death.

WGRV radio reports the death occurred on Buckingham Road. Police found the victim around 8 p.m. Wednesday. In an interview with WGRV radio news director Marty Ricker, Sheriff Steve Burns called the circumstances of the shooting "unclear".

No other information about the shooting has been released. A Greene County Sheriff's Department dispatcher said Sheriff Burns may release more information around 8 a.m..

11 Connects received calls from viewers who said the shooting victim is a law enforcement officer, but neither Greeneville Police nor the Greene County Sheriff's Office would confirm that.

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