Hamblen County deputies warn against using deadly force against

Hamblen County deputies warn against using deadly force against trespassers

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“I should have done different. I should have fired first, and next time I will,” said Don Grubb. “I should have done different. I should have fired first, and next time I will,” said Don Grubb.
“We definitely don't recommend that people take up arms against a burglary suspect unless they are in fear for their life," said Carrie McCann with the sheriff's department. “We definitely don't recommend that people take up arms against a burglary suspect unless they are in fear for their life," said Carrie McCann with the sheriff's department.
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Hamblen County sheriff's deputies don't recommend doing what a Hamblen County man did to defend his property.

Don Grubb, 73, grabbed his gun to see what his dog was barking at.  He wound up trading gunfire with burglary suspects and got shot in the process.

He's still recovering.

“The bone's shattered the cheek bone and it's imbedded in my collar bone,” said Grubb.

Previous story: 73-year-old Hamblen County man takes down burglar after being shot twice

According to officials with the Hamblen County Sheriff's Office, Grubb will likely not face charges because he was shot first and returned fire, but a detective with the sheriff's office wants to remind the community there are rules to remember before using deadly force.

“I should have done different. I should have fired first, and next time I will,” said Grubb.

Is that the correct action to take?  6 News asked officials with the Hamblen County Sheriff's Office. They said a person cannot use deadly force against someone just for trespassing, but deadly force may be used if there is reasonable belief there is an imminent danger of death or serious injury.

“We definitely don't recommend that people take up arms against a burglary suspect unless they are in fear for their life. Dial 911, take down a tag number if you can get descriptions if you can but don't put your life in danger no property is worth that,” said Carrie McCann, the public information officer with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, after the shooting the two men ran. Grubb waited next to their car. When one man, identified as Clyde Webster, returned to get the car, Grubb held him at gunpoint until officers arrived. 

Clyde Webster and Tyler Trivett were arrested and now face assault and burglary charges. While Grubb doesn't regret returning fire, he wishes he had acted different to prevent being shot.

“I'd advise everyone to be real careful.  I wasn't careful enough,” said Grubb.

Law enforcement officials want to remind people to not tell others or post on social media when you are out of town.  Authorities recommend just informing close neighbors to keep an eye on your home.

Trivett and Webster are scheduled to be in court on June 19 at 1 p.m.
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