Avery E. Shelton Jr., was placed under a $1 million bond Thursday after he made an appearance in Bradley County General Sessions Court. He allegedly fired a weapon both outside and inside the store.
The shooting unfolded quickly late Wednesday evening, but Cleveland police were also quick to respond to an “active shooter” situation.
Within seconds of the call from a person who was in an adjacent parking lot, Cleveland Police Department officers were on the scene where Shelton was alleged to have been looking for Tyler Post, who is reportedly an employee at the business. The store had shut its doors for the day just a little over an hour earlier.
According to an affidavit filed by CPD detective Bill Parks, Shelton had contacted his wife, Autumn Shelton, on the phone.
Bradley County 911 reports noted “the story is that the suspect’s wife was [allegedly] cheating on him with an employee there — threats were made from the suspect to his estranged wife, that he was on his way to Lowe’s to kill Tyler Post.”
Earlier reports from Parks during the initial investigation indicated Shelton had been parked beside Post’s car and a manager went out to the parking lot to see why.
Shelton reportedly left, then returned, parking in front of a glass door, exited his vehicle and walked toward the front of the store.
The affidavit stated that Shelton had a handgun hidden from view.
The manager and employee were standing inside when Shelton reportedly raised the weapon and fired three shots into the glass door, shattering the glass.
According to Parks, the manager and employee ran when they saw the firearm. Shelton then entered the store and chased the two. At least two more shots were fired inside the building.
Officers Lebron Ensley, J.R. Burnette and others arrived at the store and reportedly found Shelton in the Lumber Department.
Shelton reportedly “kept yelling at the officers to kill him,” according to Parks.
Eventually, officers were able to get Shelton to drop the 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and he was taken into custody without further incident.
The 911 report also noted that family members of Autumn Shelton indicated he had allegedly made threats in the past to go to the store and “kill the male.”
Shelton was charged with attempted first-degree murder and four counts of felony reckless endangerment.
He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court next week during a preliminary hearing.
Shelton remains incarcerated at the Bradley County Jail.