Police say Hamblen Co. teen kills girlfriend; calls 911

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Hamblen County Sheriff's Office confirmed a shooting Saturday morning. In a Facebook post, Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnagin said that the murder victim is a 16-year-old female. Morristown East High School identified the teen as Tamia Clark.

At around 11:58 p.m. on May 12, Hamblen County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a shooting inside Cherokee Park at 3045 Floyd Hall Drive. Dispatchers said that Dalton Mitchell Hodges, age 19, was the shooter. Officers found Hodges in the park and he was taken into custody without incident. Authorities told Local 8 News that Hodges was charged with second degree murder.

The lead investigator on the case from the Hamblen County Sheriff's Office said Hodges called 911 on himself after allegedly shooting his girlfriend in the head. The investigator said they think it was a crime of passion and a cold killing.

Detectives said they don't have a clear motive for the case, but said initial interviews indicated Hodges was upset because other males were messaging Clark on Facebook.

When asked if Hodges showed remorse or sympathy after Clark's death, Detective Sgt. George Sauceman said, "I have seen none, none. And we told him about her passing, there was no change in his demeanor, no reaction that I could see. I felt that it was—I thought that it was cold."

According to the incident report, the victim was discovered inside the suspect's Toyota Camry with a gunshot wound to her head. She was taken to UT Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.

The investigation revealed that the Hodges knew the victim previously and that they had an on and off relationship. Hodges is being held at Hamblen County Jail without bond and is being charged with second degree murder.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed they are assisting the Hamblen County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.

On Monday, Hamblen High School East lowered their flag to half staff, symbolizing the mourning that's going on inside the school.