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Randall Lane Shropshire
Courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Shooting Suspect Returned From Tennessee To Lincoln County

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee earlier this week to return a shooting suspect to Lincoln County, where he is charged with shooting his wife multiple times. 53-year-old Randall Lane Shropshire of Lincolnton is charged with felony attempted first-degree murder and felonious restraint. WHKY previously reported on the incident on July 3.

Shropshire waived extradition in a Knoxville, Tennessee court on July 6. Detectives traveled to Knoxville on Tuesday (July 11), where they processed the vehicle Shropshire was driving. On Wednesday (July 12), Detectives picked up Shropshire from the Knox County Jail and returned him to Lincoln County.

On June 30, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and emergency services personnel were dispatched to a location near the Exit 28 ramp on Highway 321 to a report of a woman being shot and pushed from a vehicle. Randall Shropshire fled the scene leaving his wife with multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Caromont Regional Hospital.

Deputies began a search for Randall Shropshire in the local area but could not find him. A short time later, Shropshire’s cell phone pinged in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the vehicle he was driving. While checking the area, officers in Knoxville tracked down Shropshire at a nearby motel where he had barricaded himself in his room. Officers negotiated with the suspect and took him into custody without incident.

Upon his return to Lincoln County, Shropshire was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton under a no bond hold. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in Lincoln County today (July 13).