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Carthage man accused of misleading investigators in TBI assault case

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents charged a Carthage man accused of shooting a man and then misleading investigators about his involvement in the incident.

At the request of 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, and with the assistance of the Carthage police and Smith County sheriff’s investigators, TBI special agents started an investigation on the shooting of 19-year-old Kyle Neil Arndt on Aug. 16.

During the investigation, agents developed information John LaRue, 47, of Carthage, recklessly discharged a firearm and shot Arndt, while the two were talking outside of Arndt’s home on Project Circle. LaRue initially reported he was not involved, but heard the shooting from his home several doors down and saw an unknown gunman flee the scene.

Agents said they later determined LaRue gave false information and, in fact, shot the victim. Agents also developed information that after LaRue shot Arndt, he had another person hide the gun before police arrived. When investigators found the firearm, it was found to have the serial number filed off of the gun. Arndt’s injuries were not life threatening.

On Sunday, TBI agents charged LaRue with aggravated assault, filing a false report, and alteration of an item’s permanent distinguishing numbers. He was booked in at the Smith County Jail, where he remained Sunday afternoon on $21,500 bond.

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