Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece confirmed to News Channel 11 deputies are searching for attempted murder suspect Dayton Stout.
Sheriff Reece told News Channel 11 he walked out of the Johnson City Medical Center sometime during the day on Friday. According to Reece, the suspect reportedly ripped out his IVs and walked out without the hospital’s permission.
Stout was slated to be arrested for attempted first-degree murder after he was released from the hospital.
Sheriff Reece said Stout was still in the hospital because he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach.
The charge is related to a shooting that happened last Wednesday in the 2000 block of Dry Hill Road.
Sheriff Reece told News Channel 11 Stout and the victim were injured after they shot each other. Both men were taken to the taken to the hospital, one by air and the other by ambulance. The victim was released later that night, according to the sheriff, while Stout remained in the hospital.
The sheriff said Stout and the victim lived in close proximity to each other. The victim told the sheriff’s office sometime before the shooting he checked on cattle on his own property. Stout reportedly got upset and confronted the victim while he was working on equipment in his driveway. The victim reportedly told Stout that he has not been on his property. The sheriff says that’s when Stout starting shooting at the victim.
Reece said he was not under watch by deputies at the time because he was not ‘technically under arrest’.
Reece admitted it wasn’t the hospital’s fault, but his own department’s.
” We should have placed a hold with the medical center and made sure that they knew as soon as he was released or anything like that we would be there to pick him up. I feel sure if they had known this they would have had a tighter security on him there with their’ security people. So, that’s where the ball was dropped.” said Reece.
Stout’s possible whereabouts are unknown at this time, said the sheriff. But he believes he may be in the Tri-Cities region because he is still in need of medical treatment.
The sheriff says they entered a nationwide call for his arrest, He’s now wanted on attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and tampering with evidence.
If you have any information that can help the sheriff’s office, call Johnson County deputies at (423) 727-7761.