Brittney Burns – Staff Writer
Shortly after 3 a.m. on Monday, July 4, while law enforcement was responding to an alarm call at Cowee Convenience Store on 28N, Cpl. Tracy Platt spotted a vehicle traveling south on Hwy. 28 headed towards town. According to reports, she slowed her car to get a good look at the vehicle should it be found to be involved in the alarm call.
As Cpl. Platt slowed her car, so did the oncoming vehicle which was identified as a small truck. As Cpl. Platt stopped her vehicle and turned on the blue lights, the truck also stopped. The man, later identified as Chandler Stanley, 22, of Franklin, approached Cpl. Platt yelling for help and holding his right hand in the wrist area which was bleeding.
Stanley told the officer he had been shot with a shotgun but was afraid to say who shot him. Cpl. Platt called for an ambulance.
Stanley laid on the road beside Cpl. Platt’s patrol car at which point a tourniquet was applied and Stanley informed Cpl. Platt he was also shot in the stomach. He notified Cpl. Platt that he had broken the window at Cowee Convenience Store which set off the alarm bringing officers to the scene.
Stanley was transported to Asheville where he remains. The incident is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.
On June 29, Macon County law enforcement worked into the early morning hours in a standoff that ended when a suspect shot himself in the head.
“A domestic situation in the Clarks Chapel community led to an emergency response by deputies and where a standoff ensued that lasted several hours,” said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland in a statement Thursday morning. “The suspect was known to have fired shots in the residence as 911 calls for help were being made. At the time of the initial altercation all parties fled the home except the suspect and a juvenile. Deputies secured the immediate area throughout the incident and travel was limited. A negotiator with the MCSO spent several hours communicating with the suspect when the suspect suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
The shooter has been identified as Mike Brown, 52.
“EMS rendered immediate aid to the suspect who has been transported to Mission Hospital for his injuries,” said Holland. “Deputies remained in the Clarks Chapel area as detectives began processing the scene and initiated an investigation into the incident.”
Law enforcement responded to the incident after a report of shots fired was called into dispatch. The shots were fired inside the residence. Responding officers closed off Clarks Chapel Road as well as Medlin Road.
Macon County Detective Derek Jones was able to make contact with a juvenile that was inside the residence while the mother and another other sibling was able to make it out. While officers were on scene, another gunshot could be heard and the juvenile reported to Detective Jones that Brown had shot himself in the face.
Brown was transported to a hospital in Asheville and was treated for his wounds. He currently remains at the hospital and the incident is still under investigation.