Ryan Hunter Burke

A 22-year-old Westmoreland man was arrested last Sunday, October 16, on two counts of aggravated assault after shooting at a couple on Hicks Hollow Road.

According to Deputy Troy Griggs of the Macon County Sheriffs Department, officers were dispatched to a residence on Farley Lane around 7:30 p.m. last Sunday night, where they interviewed a couple that stated they were shot at multiple times while driving on Hicks Hollow Road. The couple also stated that they believed the shooter was Ryan Hunter Burke, a young man they have had altercations with in the past. 

While officers were speaking with the victims, a white SUV pulled in the driveway and then sped off - presumably once the driver saw police vehicles near the home. 

The victims believed that the driver of the SUV could have been Burke, and police attempted to pull the driver over for questioning. 

The driver attempted to flee authorities, but was apprehended a short time later and identified as Mark Woods. Woods was cleared of having anything to do with the shooting but was arrested on charges of driving on a suspended license, evading arrest, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. 

Through further investigation, detectives were able to track suspect Burke down at the home of a relative on Phillips Hollow Rd. in Sumner County. 

The gun used during the shooting was recovered, and Burke was charged with two counts of aggravated assault. His bond was set at $1,000. 

Mr. Burke is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on November 2, 2016.