Rutherford Co. officials investigate fatal shooting Wednesday


The investigation continues into a fatal shooting
The investigation continues into a fatal shooting(Rutherford Co. Sheriff)
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 5:00 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 2:02 PM CDT
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ROCKVALE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A Rutherford County man has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting his Panther Creek Road neighbor on Wednesday, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeffery Hayden Burris, 54, was charged in the shooting death of Clarence Rowden III, 58, outside the victim’s home. Rowden died at the scene

“The victim’s wife called 911 after Burris fired multiple rounds with a handgun, striking and killing Rowden,” Rutherford County Sheriff Capt. Todd Sparks said in a news release.

Deputies said Burris was still at the scene upon arrival and was detained immediately.

“Our investigation has determined that Burris is believed to be the only suspect involved in this shooting,” Sparks said. “We are still following up to determine an exact motive.”

Burris is being held on a $600,000 bond. He is set to appear in court on Sept. 14.

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