By Max Hrenda
The Carter County Sheriff’s Department has released details regarding a shooting which took place Thursday evening that left an Elizabethton man dead.
On Thursday, at 183 Hilton Hill Road, CCSD officers said 64-year-old Phillip Lee Green told them he shot 26-year-old Timothy Gary Cook in the chest after he witnessed him striking his daughter.
In the CCSD incident report, Lt. Derrick Hamm said he arrived at the house at 9:16 p.m. to see Green sitting on his front porch. After ordering him to put his hands in the air, Hamm said Green told him, “I shot him. He’s in the bedroom.”
While Deputy Paul Morell placed handcuffs on Green, Hamm entered the residence and went to the bedroom. Inside, he saw Green’s daughter, Jessica Lane Pack, 36, attempting to perform CPR on Cook.
Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad personnel then entered and attempted to revive Cook, but their attempts were unsuccessful. During this time, Hamm said Pack told him she and Cook, who she identified as her boyfriend, were involved in a “verbal and physical altercation.” Hamm said Pack told him Green involved himself in their argument after he saw Cook strike her on the back of the head.
As detailed in the report, Pack said Green told Cook, “You’re not going to lay your hands on my daughter,” and then said something about shooting him. Both men then went to their respective bedrooms and retrieved pistols.
Pack told Hamm both then returned with their pistols and Green shot Cook in the chest. She added that Green then returned his pistol to his room and went to sit on the front porch, where he was sitting when Hamm arrived.
While at the scene on Thursday, Sheriff Chris Mathes told members of the media that Green had begun complaining of chest pains, and was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment. As of Friday morning, no charges have been filed, but Capt. Jeff Markland, who commands the CCSD Criminal Investigation Department, said the investigation is ongoing.
“(Self-defense) is plausible, … but it’s still under investigation,” Markland said. “We’re not ruling it as anything right now.”
For more details on this story, look for it in Sunday’s edition of the Star.