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May 12, 2011

Angry TN Homeowner Shoots Man Out of Boat for Fishing on Private Lake

By Chad Love

A Tennessee angler had to be airlifted to a local hospital after being shot out of his boat by an angry homeowner.

From this story on Nashville's newschannel5.com: 
A quiet morning on a lake in Warren County turned violent. Investigators said a homeowner shot a man in a boat fishing behind his house. The victim was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Chattanooga. It happened Tuesday morning on Harvest Farms Lake. It's a private lake owned by homeowners in Morrison. Roseanne Caten told us her family loved the place so much they moved there less than three months ago. "It's a very calm peaceful place here and we've just never seen any problems at all," said Caten.

On Tuesday, that peace and tranquility was disturbed when two men fishing from a boat were shot at by one of the homeowners. Investigators with the Warren County Sheriff's Department charged Floyd Kirby with two counts of aggravated assault. They said Kirby was apparently upset with two men fishing behind his house. The fishermen told investigators Kirby shouted obscenities at them and started shooting. "Allegedly shot with a firearm came back with a shot gun and fire several shots one striking the victim knocking him out of the boat," Deputy Sheriff Bo Ramsey said. The victim was Ken Murray, who is also a homeowner on the lake. Murray was flown to a hospital in Chattanooga and he was treated and released.

 

 

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from Kyle VanBritson wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Maybe someone needs so anger management classes, from this, "The victim was Ken Murray, who is also a homeowner on the lake." It sounds like the fishermen were legally allowed to be there, seeing that the one actually owns a house on it and the idiot who opened fire should have checked to see who they were before unloading. The phrase shoot first ask questions later does not apply to peaceful, civilian situations.

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from fromthepeavine wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

This guy must be insane! Even if they weren't there legally, why not just call the authorities and wait for them to leave the lake? No sense in shooting someone over a fish...

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Put this guy in jail for a long time. Society will be better off.

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from RJ Arena wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Just want the anti gun lobby needs- another idiot!

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from mexhunter wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Man did you see that guy? That is the typical cranky old man from across the street

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from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Other than that, how was the fishing? Ouch, sorry that was sick

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from shane wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT?!? Are you kidding me? Try attempted murder! That is insanity.

This guy will probably get off easier than harmless non-crazy folks like some pothead or an 18 year old that went too far with his 17 year old girl friend.

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

If you play the news report, the policeman says that the shooter and victim live close to one another and have had "issues" in the past. So, while the shooter doesn't have the right to shoot someone he deems to be a trespasser, its also possible the victim might have provoked the shooter. Lets hear both sides of the story!

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

regardless of past issues, there was no reason for him to start shooting. maybe he needs to have something other than jim beam for breakfast. this was not aggrevated assault, it was attempted murder. you don't start shooting at someone hoping to just scare or injur them. his intent was clear.

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from Kenneth Kraska wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Must be really good fishin' there. Sheesh, what a maniac.

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from damo450 wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Another reason to carry a gun fishing...Return fire.

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from basman wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

this idiot needs to be moved from the lake to a state penal facility and not allowed to move back even when he finishes his sentence. he DOES NOT own the lake. plus the charge should be attempted murder x 2. great role model for his kids or grandkids.

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from buckstopper wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

While property lines extend into the lake, the lake itself is considered common area for all the homeowners. This idiot should read his covenants.

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from gameface6 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Hey Mark-0! Are you joking? Hear both sides of the story?? The guy that got shot is my younger brother. A 50 year old guy that loves to fish and wouldn't hurt anyone. He has lived on the lake for 15 years or so and barely talked to the other guy. Other than seeing him drive down the road, they had no contact. Kenny only knew him because he was a grouchy guy that had complained to the homeowners association in the past about people fishing on "his water". They just upped the charges today to 1st degree attempted murder...I'm hopeful the justice system works this time. I also hope he gets a cell with a big guy that loves to fish.

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from fromthepeavine wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

This guy must be insane! Even if they weren't there legally, why not just call the authorities and wait for them to leave the lake? No sense in shooting someone over a fish...

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from shane wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT?!? Are you kidding me? Try attempted murder! That is insanity.

This guy will probably get off easier than harmless non-crazy folks like some pothead or an 18 year old that went too far with his 17 year old girl friend.

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from Kyle VanBritson wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Maybe someone needs so anger management classes, from this, "The victim was Ken Murray, who is also a homeowner on the lake." It sounds like the fishermen were legally allowed to be there, seeing that the one actually owns a house on it and the idiot who opened fire should have checked to see who they were before unloading. The phrase shoot first ask questions later does not apply to peaceful, civilian situations.

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from RJ Arena wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Just want the anti gun lobby needs- another idiot!

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from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Other than that, how was the fishing? Ouch, sorry that was sick

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

regardless of past issues, there was no reason for him to start shooting. maybe he needs to have something other than jim beam for breakfast. this was not aggrevated assault, it was attempted murder. you don't start shooting at someone hoping to just scare or injur them. his intent was clear.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from badsmerf wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Put this guy in jail for a long time. Society will be better off.

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from mexhunter wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Man did you see that guy? That is the typical cranky old man from across the street

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from basman wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

this idiot needs to be moved from the lake to a state penal facility and not allowed to move back even when he finishes his sentence. he DOES NOT own the lake. plus the charge should be attempted murder x 2. great role model for his kids or grandkids.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Kenneth Kraska wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Must be really good fishin' there. Sheesh, what a maniac.

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from damo450 wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

Another reason to carry a gun fishing...Return fire.

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from buckstopper wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

While property lines extend into the lake, the lake itself is considered common area for all the homeowners. This idiot should read his covenants.

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from gameface6 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Hey Mark-0! Are you joking? Hear both sides of the story?? The guy that got shot is my younger brother. A 50 year old guy that loves to fish and wouldn't hurt anyone. He has lived on the lake for 15 years or so and barely talked to the other guy. Other than seeing him drive down the road, they had no contact. Kenny only knew him because he was a grouchy guy that had complained to the homeowners association in the past about people fishing on "his water". They just upped the charges today to 1st degree attempted murder...I'm hopeful the justice system works this time. I also hope he gets a cell with a big guy that loves to fish.

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

If you play the news report, the policeman says that the shooter and victim live close to one another and have had "issues" in the past. So, while the shooter doesn't have the right to shoot someone he deems to be a trespasser, its also possible the victim might have provoked the shooter. Lets hear both sides of the story!

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