CHATSWORTH — An Eton man accused of shooting another man Tuesday afternoon in south Murray County told law enforcement officials he shot because he was “startled.”

Christopher Lee Pack, 25, of 208-C N. Bowen Road, is charged with aggravated assault for shooting Edward Sharp once in the cheek with “a small caliber” gun, said Murray County Chief Deputy Ray Sitton. Sharp was in stable condition Wednesday afternoon at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

The shooting occurred at 40 Cherokee Drive in Chatsworth, in the Center Hill Church Road area, Sitton said. It led to the arrest of three people, including Pack, on drug charges.

The homeowner, Genia Godfrey, is friends with Pack and Sharp, Sitton said. Godfrey was not home when the shooting took place.

“The homeowner had given permission for (Pack) to check on her dogs, but said nothing about going into the house,” Sitton said. “Pack was inside lying on the bed (in a bedroom) and heard someone come in the house. He said it startled him so he (stood up and) shot.”

Sitton said the front door can be seen from the bed. He did not know why Pack was in the house or why Sharp had come to the house.

But “Sharp and Godfrey had an argument the night before,” Sitton said. Sharp’s vehicle was found broken down about a mile down the road, he said.

No forced entry was used to enter the house, Sitton said.

After the shooting, Pack called 911 and waited on emergency personnel to arrive, Sitton said. The house was searched, and methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found, Sitton said.

Pack, along with Godfrey, 36, and Lance Robert Asmussen, 34, also of 40 Cherokee Drive, Chatsworth, are charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Pack is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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