MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) - A Mount Juliet man faces murder charges after a shooting in a rural area near Mount Juliet on Wednesday afternoon.

Lucian Alan Clemmons, 39, of Mount Juliet, was charged with criminal homicide and reckless endangerment after being arrested by police on Interstate 40 between Mount Juliet Road and Golden Gate Gateway.

The sheriff's office identified the victim as James Ray Huddleston, 55, of Lebanon. The sheriff's office said Clemmons shot Huddleston in the back behind a home near the intersection of Cedar Grove Church Road and Nonaville Road around 2:10 p.m.

Authorities said the two men may have been acquaintances.

Huddleston was able to give a description of the suspect’s vehicle. Huddleston was pronounced dead at TriStar Summit Medical Center.

A Mount Juliet Police officer crashed into an embankment on Lebanon Road near Mount Juliet Road while responding to assist Wilson County Sheriff's deputies on the call. The officer crashed as he was avoiding a crash with a motorist who failed to yield to police.

No one was injured in the crash.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, per Mount Juliet Police protocol for officer-involved crashes.


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