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Suspects apprehended after car chase and gun fire

By Lacy Hilliard
Richard Shane Mabe, wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred earlier last week that left 40-year-old Jackie Harless of Mountain City and 40-year-old Michael Laird also of Mountain City, at Johnson City Medical Center being treated for gunshot wounds, has been apprehended by Johnson County Police.
The pursuit began on June 13 at approximately 11:45 a.m. when employees at the Mountain City McDonald’s spotted Mabe traveling with Timothy Lee Greer in a late model Saturn sedan. The pair were quickly seen by Mountain City Police. When officers attempted to approach Mabe and Greer, they say they were met with a sawed-off shotgun and a 9mm handgun. Before officers could apprehend them, they allegedly sped off in their Saturn sedan, firing shots at pursuing officers.
The chase took a new turn when Mabe and Greer pulled their vehicle into the Marathon gas station, or better known locally as ‘Silver Lake’ off Highway 91 in Mountain City. Allegedly, Mabe, armed with his sawed-off shotgun, approached unsuspecting Laurel Bloomery man, Kevin Keene, and told him to give him his vehicle. Keene quickly put his hands up and relinquished the vehicle. Keene said of the incident, “It could have been anyone. I’m just thankful to be alive.”
As Mabe and Greer took control of Keene’s 1989 Honda Civic and exited the Marathon parking lot, heading toward Laurel Bloomery on Highway 91, officers were quickly on his trail again.
Shortly after the altercation with Keene and the alleged hijacking of his vehicle, Mabe and Greer were apprehended when officers struck the Honda Civic multiple times in an attempt to halt the vehicle. The maneuvers worked and Mabe and Greer were in custody just a few hundred feet from where the alleged carjacking took place. The totaled Honda Civic left the Keene family wondering who is financially responsible for the damages incurred in the chase; a question to which they have received no clear answer.
Richard ‘Shane’ Mabe is already a convicted felon, having served time for an attempted rape conviction in the year 2000. Mabe is currently facing a laundry list of new charges including assault on an officer with a deadly weapon, two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm in commission of a dangerous felony, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, aggravated assault, and violation of probation.
The Tomahawk will update readers on this case as it unfolds.