Husband found dead with gunshot wound in Union County

MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A man died in a shooting in Union County Sunday.

Investigators say Timothy R. Smith, 46, was found dead in the driveway of his home in the 900 block of Highway 61 West around 5:54 a.m. He had a gunshot wound.

His wife and a handgun were also found in the driveway. She was transported to a hospital for an injury and was released.

“I was just devastated and our whole community is just devastated,” said Edith Richardson, a neighbor.

She said a neighbor called her Sunday morning to tell her there were several deputies at the home next door. She walked down her driveway to check it out.

“They had the yellow rope around or whatever and I knew someone was dead,” she said.

Neighbors said they lived in a trailer on Highway 61 West. They were rebuilding their home after fire a few years ago.

“It breaks my heart to know that this happened,” said Edith Richardson.

Richardson didn’t know the couple well but she spoke to them a few times. She said they have two children and a couple of grandchildren.

“Their family really needs everybody’s prayers,” she said.

“You hear of it happening at other places but you don’t think about it happening close to home,” said Sandra Richardson, another neighbor.

Sandra Richardson also lives nearby. The news made her emotional too.

“Hit me so unexpectedly you know. I just cried,” she said.

She also didn’t know the couple but she said others spoke highly of them. That is why this was surprising to her.

“Thought they was getting along and I never did hear anything from them,” said Sandra Richardson.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are looking into the shooting.

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