Early morning shooting turns fatal

Published 9:37 pm Sunday, September 26, 2021

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An overnight shooting turned deadly during the early morning hours of Sept. 26 as law enforcement was dispatched to a residence on Mockingbird Circle in Harrogate.

Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office deputies initially thought they were responding to the scene of a male who had been shot in the arm. They soon discovered the incident to be much more serious.

The victim, David A. Laws, died on scene from wounds sustained during the shooting.

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Mamie Nicole Shafer, 42, was detained by deputies when it was learned that she had had a gun in her possession at the time of the shooting. It was later determined that Shafer is a convicted felon. She was arrested and lodged in the Claiborne County Jail, initially charged with possession of a firearm.

She was later charged with criminal homicide, according to information released on Sept. 29 from the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office.

Shafer remains in the Claiborne County Jail on a $1 million bond.

This case is active and ongoing.