An initial report of multiple gunshots at the Austin Bottom Boat Ramp near Center Hill Lake Monday night turned out to be a physical altercation between two men, in which one of them pulled a pistol on the other and then fired one shot into the air. No one was hurt.
24 year old Kalen Allen Paschal of Cookeville, a convicted felon, has been charged by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, and possession of a schedule VI drug for resale. His bond is $30,000 and he will be in court June 13.
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Paschal and another man got into an argument which led to a physical altercation. During the incident, Paschal pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the victim, and fired once in the air. Paschal then hid the weapon in the woods. The victim meanwhile contacted his family and they came to the scene with a rifle but it was not fired.
Detectives found .45 ounces of marijuana in Paschal's backpack along with a set of scales and $240 in cash, all of which were in twenty dollar bills.
Sheriff Ray said detectives seized Paschal's cash, marijuana, and handgun. The rifle belonging to the victim's family was also seized.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department requested and received mutual aid assistance at the scene from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. DeKalb and Putnam County EMS were also there.