Case of man charged in Carter Co. deputy shooting headed to grand jury


CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The man authorities said shot two people – one of them a Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputy -during a 5-hour standoff, will have his case presented to a grand jury.

Kelly Pitts, 36, faces seven counts of attempted first-degree murder after investigators said he opened fire using dozens of rounds of ammunition during a standoff in December on Dry Hollow Road in the Stoney Creek community.

During the incident, CCSO officials said Deputy Jenna Markland was shot twice in the face and a woman in a neighboring home was shot in the hand.

Markland, who underwent surgery, is expected to fully recover and is back at work.

Pitts remains in jail on a $700,000 bond.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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