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A Tennessean Refused to Give a Man a Ride. So the Man Grabbed His 1940s Soviet Semi-Automatic Military Rifle and Killed Him, Police Say.

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Source: Rhea County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Aug. 11 2023, Published 9:03 a.m. ET

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A Tennessee man is accused of murdering a man with a soviet-made firearm, authorities said.

A grand jury in Rhea County recently indicted Jackie Lee Goss, 29, on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of 52-year-old Roy Hickman Jr. earlier this year, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

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According to an affidavit obtained by the publication, in February, a witness said Goss got into a dispute with Hickman at a home after Hickman refused to give him a ride.

The witness told investigators that at one point during the argument, Goss left the property for five minutes. When Goss returned, the witness claimed, he was armed with a gun, later identified as a 1940s Soviet-made SKS semi-automatic military rifle. He then again began arguing with the victim near the home’s garage.

The witness reported hearing multiple shots and seeing Hickman collapse, according to the affidavit.

“I examined the body of Junior Hickman and he had several gunshot wounds, one I could see on his upper torso and one to the leg,” Rhea County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chris Hall wrote in the affidavit.

The document shows Goss was taken into custody after surrendering to police following an hourlong standoff at a neighbor’s home.

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Detectives recovered four spent shells at the crime scene.

If convicted of the murder charge against him, Goss faces a life sentence.

He was being held at the Rhea County jail on a $1 million bond.


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