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Suspect and victim identified in fatal dental office shooting

Rain Smith • Feb 14, 2019 at 11:23 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Police have named the gunman who reportedly entered a Kingsport dental office Wednesday and killed his wife, adding that the couple were estranged and going through a divorce. 

Information released Thursday morning by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was Kelly Weaver, 52, address listed as the Kingsport Highway in Gray. Her husband, Harry Weaver, 63, of Spurgeon Road in Blountville, has been charged with first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault. He remains hospitalized.

Police say that at about 9:45 Wednesday morning, Harry Weaver entered David A. Guy Dentistry with the intent of killing his wife. She was employed at the Colonial Heights office, located at 150 Clinic Drive, where responding officers found her lying on the floor with several gunshots wounds. She was transported to the hospital by EMS and later died.

According to an SCSO incident report, Harry Weaver was also found on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds — and being held at gunpoint by a patient. That man, a handgun carry permit holder, said Harry Weaver had entered the back office area and shot Kelly Weaver. The patient then opened fire on Harry Weaver and detained him until police arrived.    

Police report that the patient, named as Larry Seagroves in an incident report, does not wish to speak with the media. While briefing reporters on Wednesday, Sheriff Jeff Cassidy called Seagroves a hero.

Along with the SCSO, dozens of officers from multiple jurisdictions responded to the scene, including Kingsport police, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Detectives spent hours collecting evidence, mapping the property and speaking with witnesses, including patients and Kelly Weaver’s coworkers. They reportedly told investigators that the Weavers were going through a divorce.

Sullivan County Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski confirmed that Harry Weaver was contracted through a bus company to drive for the school system. 

Police are continuing to collect information and are declining to release additional details.

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