Officials: Man shot while in Sevier County, not Great Smokies

Officials: Man shot while in Sevier County, not Great Smokies

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GATLINBURG (WATE) - A man now tells officials in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that when he was shot in the leg on September 7, he was not inside the park.

Officials said Monday that Sanford Lethco, 29, of Sevier County, confessed to park investigators he was shot while he was at a private residence in the Boyds Creek area of Sevier County.

Lethco originally claimed he was shot twice in the lower leg while he was hiking off trail in the
Cosby area of the Smokies.

He was flown to UT Medical Center where he was treated and later released.

"Park investigators have been working with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office which has now taken the lead on the shooting case," said Chief Ranger Clay Jordan.

Sheriff's investigators say they interviewed a man who admitted he shot into a vehicle leaving his residence after he caught two men stealing items from outside a home.

Investigators are still looking for another person of interest and witnesses to interview in the case.

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