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Ashe Man Charged in Tennessee Shooting

Larry Greer is the lead suspect in the shooting of a Tennessee
couple currently being investigated by North Carolina and
Tennessee law enforcement officials. Photo courtesy Ashe
County Law Enforcement Center.

Originally published: Apr. 29, 2011
Last modified: Jun. 8, 2011

Jesse Campbell

A Jefferson man who allegedly broke-in to the home of a Johnson County, Tenn. couple before making a return trip to their home nearly a year later to fire more than 20 rounds into their bedroom may be responsible for a string of other break-ins.

Ashe County authorities arrested 34-year-old Larry Thomas Greer on Wednesday, April 20 and charged him with the shooting of former local residents, Arvil and Margaret Clark.

According to a press release from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department (JCSD), authorities in Tennessee, Ashe and Wilkes counties have been investigating several home invasions where the perpetrators impersonated police officers to gain entrance into the victims' homes. They now believe Greer may have a connection to those home invasions.

The Clarks came face-to-face with two men dressed as police officers on March 7, 2010 at 680 Sugarcreek Road in the Laurel Bloomery community of Johnson County. The men wore police badges, were equipped with firearms, and indicated they had search warrants, the press release said.

After drawing their weapons, the two men bound the Clarks with zip ties before they commenced to ransack the house for more than three hours, looking for drugs and money. Once they located the medication and money, the men left the residence while the Clarks remained detained.

A week later, the man who Arvil Clark identified as the same assailant from the previous week paid the Clarks another visit, the JCSD said. As Arvil Clark looked at the man from the living room window he noticed he was once again dressed as a police officer.

Clark then discharged a round at the individual before exchanging fire with him as his attacker fell off the porch.

As the investigation continued, the Clarks had a more dangerous encounter the following winter on Tuesday, Feb. 22. As the Clarks slept in the home, the attackers fired 22 shots through the couple's bedroom wall wounding Arvil Clark with six gunshots and Margaret Clark with four. They were transported to Johnson City Medical Center with non life threatening injuries, investigating officer Joe Woodard said.

North Carolina and Tennessee authorities continued their investigation into the shooting interviewing several suspects and witnesses. From the onset of case, they called the attack, a targeted shooting, noting the distance from the Clark's residence and the road.

A break in the case came on Wednesday, April 20 when Ashe County authorities arrested Greer of 586 Big Peek Road in Jefferson.

He was charged with aggravated burglary, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated kidnapping; two counts of criminal impersonation and theft over $1,000.

In addition, Greer was charged as a North Carolina Fugitive from Justice from the State of Tennessee, possession of Schedule VI and Schedule II controlled substances as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. 

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