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Report: Feud between neighbors preceded Cocke County fatal shooting

Cocke County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting complaint at 5:36 p.m. September 13 at Crane Way in Del Rio.

DEL RIO, Tenn. — UPDATE NOON TUESDAY: A longtime feud between neighbors preceded Monday's fatal shooting in Cocke County, an incident report shows.

James D. Raspberry, 65, shot and killed 35-year-old Joseph M. Carter, 35, as Carter sat in his van in the driveway of his Crane Way home, the report states.

Cocke County Sheriff's Office authorities were alerted shortly after 5:30 p.m. They found Carter dead when they arrived.

They also removed a 10-month-old girl from a carseat in the van; two other girls, ages 9 and 10, had fled the van, the report states.

Carter's wife told deputies "there had been a history of feuds between her husband and James Raspberry...," according to the report.

Officers found Raspberry nearby "standing behind a tree in the woodline," the document states.

PREVIOUS STORY: One man is dead following a shooting in Cocke County on Monday afternoon.

The suspect, later identified as James Dennard Raspberry, 65, was taken to the Cocke County CID office for further questioning on Monday before being arrested just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Cocke County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said responded to a shooting complaint at Crane Way in Del Rio at 5:36 p.m. The caller said that her husband had been shot by the neighbor.

When officers arrived, they found a man, later identified as 35-year-old Joseph Maxwell Carter, dead in the driver seat of a white van parked in the roadway next to a driveway on Crane Way. 

Three children ages 10 months old, 10 years old and 9 years old were inside the van of the victim, according to investigators. All three children were not injured.

Officers found a man that appeared to be involved with the shooting and took him into custody after issuing verbal commands. 

Raspberry was charged with first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault and three counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.  

As of Tuesday at 7:52 a.m., Raspberry had made a $100,000 bond, according to the sheriff's office.

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