Fatal shooting on Panther Creek Road

Fatal shooting on Panther Creek Rutherford County sheriff ambulance
Posted at 6:06 PM, Jul 06, 2022

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — According to Rutherford County sheriffs, one person has been charged after a fatal shooting Wednesday on Panther Creek Road.

Jeffery Hayden Burris, 54, was charged with shooting and killing his neighbor, Clarence Rowden III, 58, outside Rowden's home.

Deputies responded to the shooting call around 2 p.m., according to Detective Sgt. Steve Craig.

Criminal Investigations Captain Todd Sparks said Rowden's wife called the police after Burris fired multiple rounds from a handgun at her husband.

Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services paramedics arrived and attempted to save Rowden, but he was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

Burris was still present when officials arrived. He was immediately detained and later interviewed and charged by Detective Kyle Norrod.

“Our investigation has determined that Burris is believed to be the only suspect involved in this shooting,” Sparks said. “We are still following up to determine an exact motive.”

Burris is being held on a $600,000 bond with an initial court date of September 14.