Sheriff: Unicoi shooting suspect now charged with statutory rape of juvenile, confesses to charges


UPDATE: Unicoi County Sheriff Michael Hensley has announced the suspect in a home invasion in Unicoi is being charged with statutory rape of a juvenile on top of attempted first-degree murder.

According to a post from Sheriff Hensley, the sheriff’s office assisted the Unicoi Police Department at the scene of the home invasion on Massachusetts Avenue on Tuesday night.

Clayton Justis, 22 of Unicoi, was arrested following the invasion and shooting and was charged with attempted first-degree murder among other charges.

Over the course of the shooting, an injury occurred and one person was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center.

Sheriff Hensley says further investigation led the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office to the seizure of drugs and further evidence against Justis in the shooting.

According to Hensley, evidence was also found to charge Justis with statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl.

Hensley says Justis has confessed to all charges.

UPDATE: Authorities say a man has been arrested in connection with a Tuesday night shooting in Unicoi.

According to the Unicoi Police Department, Clayton Decatur Justis, 22 of Unicoi, has been taken into custody following a home invasion and shooting on Massachusetts Avenue.

Police have charged Justis with attempted first-degree murder, especially aggravated burglary, aggravated domestic assault, and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony.

The police department says he will be arraigned on Wednesday morning.

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UNICOI, Tenn. (WJHL) – Police are searching for a suspect considered to be “armed and dangerous” after a home invasion and shooting.

According to Unicoi police, it happened around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday off of Massachusetts Avenue.

One person was flown to Johnson City Medical Center with a gunshot wound.

Unicoi Police Chief Andy Slagle says the male suspect is still at large. He added that neighboring agencies have been notified and more information, including a vehicle description, will be released soon.

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