KCSO: 'Jealous' Pigeon Forge man shoots at wife, boyfriend; rams her car

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A "jealous man" tracked down his wife and her boyfriend on Tuesday, shooting the car she was in with a shotgun and ramming it with his Ford F-150, according to police.

The Pigeon Forge man — 59-year-old Jerry Benton — told deputies with the Knox County Sheriff's Office that his wife had left him a month before the incident occurred.

His wife told deputies that she and her boyfriend were sleeping in a Nissan Altima in his mother's driveway in the 4100 block of Brown Gap Road in North Knoxville. The boyfriend said he heard a car pull up and he saw Benton get out with a shotgun.

The boyfriend told deputies that Benton first pointed the shotgun up in the air, then pointed it at him. He ran off to the neighbor's house to get help. That's when the wife woke up, and she said her husband began yelling at her to leave before firing the shotgun at the car and striking it near the rear tire.

According to the arrest report, Benton then got back into his truck and rammed the car, "ripping the driver's door open while she was still in the driver's seat."

A little while later, a truck matching the description of Benton's was pulled over on Chapman Highway near East Hendron Chapel Road. Deputies found him and a shotgun in plain view on the passenger's side.

Benton allegedly admitted to the whole thing, saying he drove from his home in Pigeon Forge to Halls and only brought the shotgun "for scare tactics." Benton added that he was "a jealous man."

He's now being held in the Knox County Jail on $235,000 on charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon as a convicted felon.

A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 17.