Dyer County Sheriff's investigators are trying to piece together a shooting incident where an Elbridge, Tenn. man shot up a house and a car on Earl Carter Road in Dyer County and then turned the gun on himself at a residence near Hornbeak, Tenn.
The incident began on Thursday, Jan. 10, when Richard "Rick" Stover II, 33, of Elbridge, Tenn. reportedly went to a residence at the 900 block of Earl Carter Road around 2:15 p.m. with a double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun. Dyer County Sheriff's Chief Inv. Terry McCreight stated a 24-year-old female was alone in the house when she saw Stover in the front yard. She was near the front door when Stover reportedly put a round through the front door. The female fled out the backdoor and ran into a wooded area carrying her cell phone. She then called 911 and stated she had been shot at. Stover also reportedly shot the female's car five times with the shotgun while he was at her house.
Dyer County Sheriff's deputies responded to the call and arrived at the scene. They soon located the female and she was not injured. Stover had left the scene and McCreight put out a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) to surrounding law enforcement agencies for Stover. He was reported to have left the scene in a black older-model Chevy pickup truck. The Obion County Sheriff's Office was also notified of the incident. McCreight said one of their deputies passed Stover's truck as it was traveling in the opposite direction on Highway 21 in Obion County. The deputy turned his patrol unit around and shortly found Stover's truck at a residence in the 5800 block of Highway 21 near Hornbeak, Tenn. As he approached the truck he found Stover dead from an alleged self-inflicted gunshot.
Inside the truck, officers reportedly found a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun and two loaded handguns. McCreight stated they did not find any shotgun shell casings at the shooting scene in Dyer County, but instead found them inside Stover's truck.
"We believe it could have gotten more serious and there could have been another life lost if (Stover) had located her," said McCreight.
As far as the motive, McCreight said the suspect might have had some type of fixation on the female and one of her friends.
"At this time we don't believe this was a domestic case," said McCreight. "There was a harassment complaint made against him on Jan. 8 by Dyersburg Police. And the victim claims she had been harassed by him since August."
McCreight also added Stover had recently applied for a job with the Tennessee Dept. of Corrections and was turned down. There is also reportedly a second victim who was not involved in the shooting incident on Thursday, but may have had prior incidents of harassment by Stover.
The case is still under investigation by the Dyer County Sheriff's Office and the Obion County Sheriff's Office.