JC man charged in two shootings tells police he fired gun, court documents say


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The Johnson City Police Department says a 19-year-old woman is dead after she was traveling with a friend in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Denver Christian Smith

According to a court affidavit, police were called to a report of shots fired in the area of Garden Drive at Belmont Street around 2:40 a.m.

The caller told police they heard several shots fire and a man shouting for help.

Police responded to the scene and saw a man running west on West Market Street near the Apex, on 604 W. Market St.

Officers approached the man, as he waved his arms to flag them down. When they got closer, they saw the man pull what appeared to be a black handgun from inside his jacket and threw it on the ground.

The man got down on his knees and held his hands up in the air.

When officers approached, they saw a .22 revolver, with the hammer cocked back, laying on the ground next to the man.

The man, identified as Denver Christian Smith, 22, was taken to a nearby hospital because he kept claiming he had been shot in the chest.

According to the court document, Smith had no visible signs of injury.

Police officers then responded to the area of 800 John Exum Parkway at Creekside Apartments, in reference to a female victim who had been shot in the face.

When officers arrived they found woman 24-year-old Chelsea Isbell of Johnson City with two gunshot wounds, one in the facial area the other in the rear torso.

Officers said they soon discovered that Isbell was allegedly shot during an argument outside the apartments by 22-year-old Denver Smith.

According to the court affidavit, witnesses heard Smith and Isbell argue, heard a loud shot and saw Isbell’s hair fly back. Witnesses said Isbell then fell to the ground and Smith ran away, where he tried to stop cars on John Exum Parkway near the Delaware Street intersection.

A vehicle driven by an 18-year-old swerved to avoid Smith in the roadway.

According to the court affidavit, Smith allegedly fired two to three times into the vehicle, hitting the passenger in the car, 19-year-old Tiaria Miller of Johnson City, in the left arm and left side.

The 18-year-old drove Miller to Johnson City Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver was not injured in the shooting.

Smith was arrested while at the Johnson City Medical Center.

He told police he shot a female outside of the apartment complex on John Exum Parkway and then tried to get a vehicle to stop and help him.

Smith said no one would stop for him, so he fired his gun into a vehicle that was driving by. He told police that he needed a car to get out of the area.

According to the affidavit, Smith was charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony murder and possession of weapon by a felon. He’s also facing aggravated assault charges.

Police said Smith was also found to be a convicted felon for a theft of property over $1,000 out of Greene County from back in 2013.

Smith is currently being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $260,000 bond, and his arraignment has been set for November 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in General Sessions court.

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