Update: One Dead In Shooting/Fire

By: Gordon Boyd, Mike McCarthy
By: Gordon Boyd, Mike McCarthy

Pigeon Forge (WVLT) -- A 911 call for a fire has turned up two bodies and many more questions.

Sevier County firefighters arrived on the scene to find a man shot outside a trailer.

In the fire itself, they found a second victim, dead.

"I don't understand why anybody would want to do something like that to people that had never hurt anybody," said Shannon Oliver, the victims niece. "She was really sweet, really good cook and really friendly. You couldn't ask anybody to be nicer."

For Sevier County Sheriff's investigators and the Tennessee Bomb and Arson team, the question is all about the "who."

"We may have a suspect, we may not have a suspect," said Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals. "We may have some people that may be points of interest."

What is clear, is that 911 dispatch got a call to Shannon's aunt and uncle's trailer off McCarter Hollow Road just after 10:30 Sunday morning.

"When they arrived they found a white male subject on the outside of the residence who apparently was an occupant of the residence," said Sheriff Seals. "He was suffering from gunshot wounds."

Shannon says that man is her uncle, Mike Dodgen.

"He was as big as a teddy bear, he's just a real sweet, fantastic mechanic," she said.

Mike was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

On late Sunday night his condition was guarded in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Shannon says her aunt Loretta was found inside the burning trailer.

"We don't have any information on the cause of death, whether that be by any other means, or the fire, at this point," said Sheriff Seals.

Deputies and fire crews had to wait to remove the body until the fire and bomb squad arrive.

"We don't expect it to be random," Sheriff Seal said, "but until we get all the facts together and our investigation is completed, I can't say that."

Until then, Shannon can only remember her aunt and pray for her uncle.

"They had an excellent relationship," she said. "They never argued, I never saw them argue."

Beyond her own grief, Shannon wonders what will happen to Loretta and Mike's daughter, Kelly.

"She's probably going to come live with me or my parents," she said.

She regrets not being as close to them as she believes she should have been.

"They were really sweet loving people that didn't deserve this."

Sevier County's Criminal Investigation Division spent more than nine hours at the home.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Squad are also involved.

More than a half dozen fire departments throughout Sevier county responded to the call.


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