Day-long manhunt leads to arrest after Morristown shooting

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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A day-long manhunt led to an arrest after a shooting in Morristown on Sunday.

Morristown Police said Robert 'Skeeter' Allen is being charged with aggravated assault and felon in possession of a handgun.

MPD said Allen was recently released from prison after serving a 17-year sentence for second degree murder, aggravated robbery, and aggravated assault in Morristown.

Morristown Police said the shooting happened overnight Saturday into Sunday. Police said 24-year-old Jarell Bledsoe was shot in the upper thigh outside a home on Harrison Street. Officers were made aware of the incident after Bledsoe went to the hospital for treatment.

The Morristown Police Department Criminal Apprehension Unit, investigators, patrol, and special response team members searched for Allen all day Sunday.

MPD said Allen is now behind bars in the Hamblen County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

MPD Chief Roger Overholt said in a release, “These officers’ willingness to locate and apprehend even the most violent individuals who pose a high risk to the officers and the community is greatly appreciated."