An 18-year-old Alcoa man confessed to law enforcement that he had killed his mother in an Alcoa apartment early Friday, according to text retrieved from a redacted Alcoa Police Department report.
Johnathon Sellers led police on a chase that crisscrossed Sevier County and ended in gunfire. Sellers held a shotgun as he exited the vehicle, TBI says. He was struck as three Pigeon Forge officers opened fire. Sellers was taken to UT Medical Center, but has since been released to Blount County Jail.
The Alcoa Police Department waited until late Saturday to identify the victim as Kelly M. Brackin, 52.
Law enforcement involvement in the episode began shortly before 4 a.m., when Pigeon Forge police attempted to pull Sellers over on The Parkway on a suspicion that he was driving while intoxicated, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Sellers refused to stop and led police on a chase into Gatlinburg, and then back to Pigeon Forge and finally to the Sevierville city limits, where a spike strip deployed by Sevierville police disabled his vehicle.
Sellers held a shotgun as he exited the vehicle, TBI says. He was struck as three Pigeon Forge officers opened fire.
No officers were injured.
Alcoa police officers were dispatched shortly before 5 a.m. to check on the mother, who was found dead in the bedroom of her Cherry Street apartment in Alcoa.
According to the Alcoa incident report, which is readable despite redactions, Pigeon Forge police reported that Sellers had “stated he had shot his mother at the apartment.”
The report continues, “On arrival I observed form the front door to be slightly opened behind the screen door. I knocked on the screen door with no answer. I then opened the screen door to announce my presence. As I opened the screen door I could smell the odor of gun smoke from a shotgun. As I looked inside the apartment from the front porch I could see blood splatter in the back bedroom with approximately four spent shotgun shells in the floor.”
Pigeon Forge police were advised to put a hold on Sellers for investigation, and to treat his vehicle as a crime scene.
The two incidents have not been officially confirmed as related by law enforcement.
TBI is leading the investigation of the officer-related shooting in Sevier County. Alcoa Police is leading the investigation into the discovery of the woman’s body on Cherry Street.
Sellers attended Heritage High School and worked for a period as a pit crew member for a speedway, according to his Facebook profile.