A man went to a cemetery expecting to meet a date, but he was shot at and had his car set on fire instead.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Johnson said a Tellico Plains man told him on Nov. 17 he went to Dehart Cemetery to meet a woman for a date around 8:30 p.m., but when he arrived, no one was there.
The man said as he was waiting, a man identified as Brandon McJunkin came out of the woods and walked toward the victim’s car. The victim said as he sat there, McJunkin raised what appeared to be a .22 caliber rifle and fired three shots at the driver’s side window of the victim’s 2000 Ford Expedition.
The victim said he drove away from McJunkin and McJunkin allegedly fired four more shots at the rear of the vehicle.
The victim said at this point he jumped out of the car and into the woods. He kept running and eventually had his sister go back to get his car. He said when she got to the cemetery, she found it on fire.
But the damage wasn’t too great as she was able to drive the car home where the victim said a 15 inch subwoofer and a stereo amplifier were missing. He also said two pocket knives, two flashlights, a pouch with $30 in coins and a cellphone were missing from the car.
McJunkin was found the next day when Johnson and Deputy Cameron Foister spotted him pulling into the parking lot of a store on New Highway 68 near Tellico Plains. Johnson said he ran a check on the vehicle McJunkin was in and it was registered to McJunkin.
The two deputies approached McJunkin and told him was under arrest. A check then showed his license was revoked and a search of the vehicle turned up a shotgun and several bullets were found on McJunkin.
McJunkin, 39, Cagle Road, Tellico Plains, was charged with theft of property under $1,000, arson, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and driving on a revoked license.