An incident at Reelfoot Lake in the northwest corner of Tennessee yesterday morning has once again proven the point that just because you’re a hunter doesn’t mean you’re exempt from needing self-defense skills. Exactly what happened is still spotty, but it seems a 70-year-old hunter in his own duck blind got into a verbal altercation with a pair of younger hunters in another blind. That altercation allegedly ended with the older man shooting and killing both younger men.
WSPDLocal6 reported the basics:
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is searching for a 70-year-old man in connection to the shooting in Obion County that left two dead Monday morning.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday, the TBI announced that 70-year-old David Vowell is a person of interest in the case. He is considered armed and dangerous. The bureau has confirmed the two people killed in the shooting at Reelfoot Lake are 26-year-old Chance Black and 25-year-old Zachery Grooms, both of Weakley County.
“This is a very quiet area. A lot of hunters come in here and they enjoy the duck hunting and all, but to be upset over somebody shooting more ducks or whatever the case may have been, I don’t know,” [resident David Gray] said. “But it’s bad to hear that someone, especially young boys, being treated that way. It’s a shame that something like this would happen.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has requested “anyone who was on or near the north end of Reelfoot Lake Monday morning and heard or saw anything that might help agents in their investigation can call 1-800-TBI-FIND.”
BREAKING: TBI Special Agents are asking for help in locating a person of interest in a homicide investigation in Obion County. David Vowell, 70, of Martin is considered armed and dangerous.
If you have seen him or know where he may be located call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) January 26, 2021
The takeaway: just because you hunt doesn’t mean you’re proficient in self-defense skills. And just because you’re toting a long gun doesn’t mean you’re going to be fast enough to use it to defend yourself which is one reason I carry my EDC while hunting when and where legally allowed.
Getting on ducks with your shotgun isn’t the same as making a life-saving shot with the same shotgun in self-defense during a violent attack.
Is it possible the man wanted for questioning acted in his own self-defense? Certainly. Clearly we do not have all the information here, but you have to wonder why he fled if it was self-defense situation. More will certainly be revealed as the incident is further investigated.
Take the time to get yourself proper self-defense training, and I don’t mean only the live fire kind. Learn about the mentality of self-defense and how to handle potentially-deadly altercations. There’s much more to it than pulling triggers. Remember, any fight you walk away from is a win. Often the best solution is simply to leave.
We’ll see what other information comes out as this story develops. Stay tuned.