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The Tennessee Conservative Staff –
A homeowner in Chattanooga is facing charges after allegedly shooting a homeless man who was in her backyard. The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Priscilla Teem, 34, told officers that she went to check things out after hearing a noise in her backyard.
It was then that she saw a 38-year-old man and demanded that he get off of her property.
According to the Chattanooga Police Department press release, Teem fired a warning shot at the man to leave the yard, striking him in the ankle.
WTVC first reported that officers charged Teem with aggravated assault, saying that at the time of the shooting, the man posed “no imminent threat”.
The man told officers he was “walking to an area near 13th Avenue” to sleep for the night.
The report says that the younger female shot him in the foot as he turned to walk away.
The man told officers that he heard the older woman tell the younger woman, “I hope you didn’t shoot him.”
Teem was also interviewed. She told officers that when she woke up to her dogs barking, she checked her home cameras. There she saw the victim in her back driveway “carrying a tote full of items”, which she personally believed were stolen.
Teem went outside, along with her mother. “She advised she verbally told the man to leave prior to firing a single ‘warning shot’ to scare him off,” according to reports.
Teem told officers she had not meant to hit the victim when firing the warning shot. The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.