Unicoi County, Tennessee

From Bristol’s TriCities.com of May 28, 2007

Unicoi shooting ruled justifiable

Unicoi County authorities have just ruled a Sunday shooting death as a justifiable homicide.

Early Sunday morning, Nathan Gouge, a homeowner on Dexter Gouge Road, shot and killed 39-year-old Clarence Hyder. Gouge told authorities that Hyder had pointed a gun at his head so he shot the man in self defense, Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris said.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation assisted in this investigation.

According to Hyder’s family, the man had served in Iraq with the Tennessee National Guard last year. He recently had returned to Tennessee.

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