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Person Arrested for Attempted 1st Degree Murder Following Theft


Early Morning Automobile Burglary Leads One Person to be Arrested for Attempted 1st Degree Murder

Hamilton County, TN – Earlier this morning, at approximately, 5:45 am, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the 2400 block of Maplewood Drive for the report of "Shots Fired."

Upon arrival, deputies found the property owner, Robert Brown, stating that he had spotted a white female in dark clothing in his car on the driveway. According to Brown’s statement, he left the inside of his home and chased after the female who fled from his vehicle and ran across the street. At this point, the female, according to Brown, pulled out a firearm and fired a shot at him. He continued to chase the female at which time she fired another shot at him. The female then threw the firearm down in a neighbor’s yard and continued to run away.

As deputies responded to the scene, a white female was located a few blocks from the residence near the 8500 block of Standifer Gap Road. Deputies made contact with the female and identified her as Morgan Shoemaker (Age 27). Deputies noticed Shoemaker had several bags of property on her person. She told deputies that she was trying to get away from a male party that had shot at her.

Deputies returned Shoemaker to the scene and she was identified by Brown as the person who had entered his vehicle and shot at him.

Upon further investigation, deputies found that other neighbors in the area had their vehicles broken into and that several items had been stolen, including at least one firearm. Neighbors were able to identify several items belonging to them in the property recovered from Shoemaker.

At the time of this release, Morgan Shoemaker was being charged with (1) count of attempted 1st Degree Murder, (1) count of Reckless Endangerment, (1) count of Burglary (of an automobile), (1) count of Theft, (1) count of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.

Shoemaker also faces (3) additional counts of burglary of an automobile and (1) count of Theft from another incident that occurred down the street.

More charges may be pending as additional thefts are reported and investigated.

In order to reduce unnecessary automobile thefts or any additional crimes of opportunity, the HCSO would like to remind all residents to not leave any valuables, especially firearms, in their vehicles unattended.

All vehicles should be locked securely when not in use.

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