2 questioned in connection to Bearden shooting; Victim identified

Michael Clayton (source: KPD)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knoxville Police Department has found two people wanted for questioning after discovering a body in the woods Tuesday morning.

Police found and interviewed Michael Clayton, 27, and Lacie Morgan Hunt, 19, in connection with the body’s discovery. No charges have been placed at this time.

Michael Clayton (source: KPD)

The case began when officers responded to the report of shots fired on Agnes Road in the Bearden area near Walden Road around 6:15 a.m. after an employee at a nearby business called in.

The employee said he heard around eight gunshots.

Michael W. Johnson, 28, was found in a wooded area between 25 to 50 yards from the road. Investigators believe Johnson was the victim of a homicide as a result of at least one gunshot wound.

There was one person inside the home at the time law enforcement arrived on the scene, no one has been taken into custody yet.

“Anybody who may have heard those shots fired, or may have heard anything, or seen anything, if they will call our crime hotline that would be a big help to us,” said Thomas.

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