Driver shot and killed by passenger while driving in Claiborne County

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CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) – Two men from Southeast Kentucky were driving in Claiborne County Wednesday when the passenger shot and killed the driver, according to a police report.

Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to what was initially received as a traffic crash on Wednesday just before 1:30 p.m. Responding officers later learned one of the two men involved was suffering from a gunshot wound.

According to investigators, two men from Pineville, Kentucky, 40-year-old Charles Bussell and 24-year-old Jacob McGeorge, were driving east on Tennessee Highway 63 when McGeorge shot and killed Bussell, who was driving at the time. The car then veered off the roadway and struck a tree.

McGeorge was arrested and booked into the Claiborne County Jail for criminal homicide. This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.

Neighbors living down the road from the incident said that multiple first responders from different agencies filled the area.

Rick Jernigan watched as the scene unraveled from his window.

He and his wife Lillian said the stretch of Highway 63 always seemed to have some type of crash or law enforcement presence, but this kind of incident wasn’t the norm.

“We just thought maybe it was another traffic stop. But, as people started coming in, and then when the coroner and them showed up yesterday afternoon, then we knew something serious had done happen,” Rick Jernigan said.

Rick said he was very upset with the lack of information being told to those who lived yards away from where a shooting victim was just found.

“To have something like that, to have somebody – or potentially somebody – on the loose, in your neighborhood with a gun and not get notified – (saying) at least stay in or something – is disturbing. It’s very upsetting,” Jernigan said.

Jernigan had heard that there was another person in the vehicle who detectives were looking for.

He said the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office brought out K-9s to search an area by the creek.

The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office never released any information regarding a third person being inside the vehicle during the shooting.

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