Johnson City police: Man treated for gunshot wound charged with false reporting

Richard Owens, Photo credit: Washington County Detention Center

A Johnson City man has been charged with false reporting, reckless endangerment and drug possession stemming from a Wednesday night shooting.

According to the Johnson City Police Department, 50-year-old Richard Owens was charged. Police said they responded to the area of Hamilton Street and Hillcrest Drive around 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a call of "shots fired." Officers found shell casings in the roadway and obtained information about two vehicles that left the scene.

While officers were on the scene, Owens was dropped off at the Johnson City Medical Center with a single gunshot wound, police added. Owens is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury. Police said Owens's account was different than other statements taken from witnesses concerning his own involvement in the incident. Evidence shows gunfire was exchanged between Owens and another person. There is no evidence of other injuries reported at this time.

Authorities added both vehicles that left the scene were located a short time later. One of the vehicles was identified as the vehicle that dropped Owens off at the hospital. Evidence of the crime was then taken transported in that vehicle to another location. A search led to the arrests of 27-year-old Miranda Johnson and 37-year-old Danny Runyon. They have been charged with tampering with evidence.

The investigation remains ongoing and other charges are pending. If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call the Johnson City Police Department at 423-434-6166.

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