The Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department responded to a possible burglary and shootout on Saturday the 14th at around 11:40pm. A resident by the name of Don Grubb (73 years old), who lived on Long Creek Rd. went outside to investigate why his dog was barking. When he went outside he noticed a light blue Crown Victoria traveling slowly down his road. He watched as the vehicle pulled in near his barn. Mr. Grubb went inside his residence to retrieve his shot gun and advised his wife to call 911. He then went to investigate, thinking the suspects might be trying to steal something from his barn. Once in his barn Mr. Grubb heard noises coming from the neighboring house, which happened to be his granddaughter’s home. The granddaughter and her family were away on vacation. Two suspects then came out the front door of the granddaughter’s front door. Mr. Grubb ordered the two men to stop and advised them that the police had already been called. At that time one of the suspects, Clyde Webster (21, of Newport) fired a round from a 12 gauge shotgun at Mr. Grubb who then returned fire with his shotgun. It is believed that 11 rounds were fired in total with Mr. Grubb firing 6 shots and the suspects firing 5. As Mr. Grubb stood only 30 yards away in the cover of his barn he was hit in the face with what is referred to as “buck shot”. The round fractured Mr. Grubb’s jaw. During the commotion the suspects fled the area, only to have Mr. Webster return minutes later to retrieve his vehicle at which time Mr. Grubb held him at gunpoint, making him lay down in the middle of the street until officers arrived.
Through a quick investigation deputies on seen were able to ascertain where the 2nd suspect’s vehicle was and immediately dispatched officers to that second location which was only 3 miles away. When deputies arrived at the second scene the second suspect, Tyler Trivett (23, of Newport) was found hiding under a camper.
After apprehending both suspects they were brought to the Hamblen County Jail and questioned by Detective Statler Collins. It was discovered that several hours prior that the two had burglarized a home in Cocke County. Deputies recovered two shotguns, a knife and a hatchet taken from the Hamblen County Long Creek residence as well as all of the property taken from the Cocke county residence. Upon Further questioning it was found that Webster knew the husband of Mr. Grubb’s granddaughter and knew they were away on vacation. Both the victim and Trivett were taken to Morristown Hamblen and treated for their “buck shot” injuries and later released.
Trivett and Webster are currently being held at the Hamblen County Jail on charges of Aggravated Burglary, and Aggravated Assault, and Theft of Property over $500. Webster was also found to have marijuana in his vehicle and was also charged with Simple Possession of schedule VI. Both Suspects will be arraigned on Monday at 8:30.
The Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the Knox County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in providing their helicopter as well as the Morristown Police Department for providing their assistance along with the use of their K-9 team.