By Tamas Mondovics
Nearly three weeks after walking out of the Johnson City Medical Center, Dayton Ray Stout turned himself in to the Johnson County Sheriff’s office on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Stout landed in the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach following an incident with his neighbor in the 2000 block of Dry Hill Road in Butler, TN on Wednesday August 16.
According to Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies the two men had disagreements in the past, but this time the conflict escalated to the next level. The two men lived in close proximity to each other. The victim reportedly told the sheriff’s office that sometime before the shooting he had checked on the cattle on his own property and that Stout got upset and confronted him while he was working on equipment in his driveway. That is when the confrontation ensued ending with Stout firing his gun six times.
The resident returned fire, hitting Stout once in the stomach. Former Sheriff, Mike Reece told reporters that Stout and the victim were both injured after they shot each other and that both men were 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.
Reece added that Stout was going to be charged with first-degree murder and other charges after being treated, but that he ripped out his IVs and walked out of the Johnson City Medical Center sometime during the day on Friday without the hospital’s permission. Reece emphasized that Stout was not under watch by deputies while at the hospital because he was not ‘technically under arrest’, and admitted that 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,” Reece said. “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.”
Stout’s possible whereabouts was unknown for the next 20 days, but was believed that he had remained in the Tri- Cities region because he was still in need of medical treatment. The sheriff had entered a nationwide call for his Stout’s arrest, wanted on attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and tampering with evidence.
Upon his arrest, Stout was also charged with criminal trespassing. The Sheriff’s Office said that Stout’s Bond was set and made of $25,000 and he is now to appear in court on Monday, November 19, 2018. For more information, call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 727-7761.