Sheriff: Woman made false claim of home invasion shooting

Sheriff: Dandridge woman made false claim of home invasion shooting

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Jefferson County deputies say they received a call of a home invasion Wednesday night around 8:30 in the 100 block of Lakebreeze Drive. Jefferson County deputies say they received a call of a home invasion Wednesday night around 8:30 in the 100 block of Lakebreeze Drive.

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says a Dandridge woman admitted she made up an account of being shot Wednesday night during a home invasion.

Deputies received a call about the incident around 8:30 p.m. at 102 Lakebreeze Drive.

When officers arrived, they found the homeowner, Joy Casey Lounders, 48, in the home with two gunshot wounds.

Lounders said when a white man in his 40's with gray hair entered her home, she got her .380 semi automatic from her bedroom, wrestled with him and was shot twice. She also said she had seen a silver van in the area twice Wednesday.

Deputies say Lounders called her husband after the shooting. He then called a neighbor for help, and the neighbor called 911.

Lounders was flown to UT Medical Center, where she was treated and released Wednesday night.

As investigators gathered evidence, Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig said Lounders' account had problems. When they questioned her, Lounders confessed to making up her story.

The investigation is ongoing. The sheriff said he believes Lounders tried to commit suicide because she was due to serve time in the Jefferson County Jail starting May 21 for a DUI conviction.

The sheriff says he'll talk with the district attorney to determine if any charges will be brought against Lounders.

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