South Pittsburg shooting results in arrest warrant

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Arrest warrant issued for Michael Godsby. Godsby is a suspect in the October 3 shooting.

The investigation into a shooting that occurred October 3 in South Pittsburg, TN has resulted in the the South Pittsburg Police Department pursuing an arrest warrant for Michael Godsby. Initially reported to be a person of interest in the investigation, SPPD Police Chief Ryan Meeks has confirmed that the department is in the process of getting an arrest warrant issued on Godsby.

The shooting victim, Zachary Cantrell, was transported by ambulance October 3 to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Official reports showed the victim being shot twice. After initial care at Erlanger, there was was dispute as to the cooperation with local law enforcement and the medical facility in the collection of evidence. Chief Meeks indicated that discrepancy was resolved. “We’re working well with the people at Erlanger. I think there may have been some initial confusion as to what was being requested by the department, but everything is resolved now,” Meeks said. Marion County News was following up on reports that the the removal of potential evidence from the victim may have been withheld despite SPPD’s request. Since then, it has been learned that a 9 millimeter handgun was used in the shooting.

Meeks praised the assistance of the Kimball Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for their assistance in response to the initial call last Tuesday night. “Given we’re a county made up of small police departments, cooperation between departments is paramount. We just can’t thank those agencies enough for their help,” Meeks said.