Shooting victim identified

Wife claiming self defense
Jan. 31, 2013 @ 03:11 PM

Emergency dispatchers likely heard the last words of a local man when he called them to report he’d been shot.

Sevier County Sheriff’s deputies found 64-year-old Donald Gregory was found dead when they entered his Estates Drive home. His wife has reportedly confessed to shooting him, but says she did so in self defense, Sheriff Ron Seals said.

Gregory called 911 at about 6 p.m. and told dispatchers he’d been shot. Deputies and emergency responders converged on the scene, but waited to enter because it was unclear if the shooter was still present. Once deputies entered, they found Gregory unresponsive and determined no one else was in the house.

While that was happening, Gregory’s wife and her daughter arrived at the sheriff’s office in downtown Sevierville and told deputies they’d been involved in the shooting. The wife, whose name has not been released, said she shot the man during a domestic dispute, Capt. Jeff McCarter said.

“That’s what she alleged happened. We’re investigating to see if the evidence matches (the story),” he said.

The daughter lived at the house, and was interviewed as a potential witness, McCarter said.

No charges have been filed as yet, and the case is still being investigated. Officers at the scene Wednesday night reported it appeared Gregory had been shot multiple times; the sheriff’s department is still awaiting the results of an autopsy.

Once all the information is collected, detectives will present the case to the district attorney general’s office, McCarter said.

The sheriff’s office had responded to at least one domestic call at the same address in August, McCarter said.

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