By Beth Lawrence 


A Thursday afternoon shooting that resulted in a short standoff with law enforcement ended with one Barkers Creek man dead and another seeking treatment for a gunshot wound.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Big Time Road near Thomas Valley Road in the Barkers Creek community at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 regarding a shooting, Major Shannon Queen said.

“Deputies arrived on scene and located the shooting victim suffering from a serious, but non-life threatening wound to the leg,” Queen said.

Forty-year-old Chris Dobbins was transported to Mission Hospital but not before he identified his alleged assailant as his neighbor, 49-year-old Albert William Hartline.

Deputies located Hartline at his home and attempted to interview him. The conversation soon turned adversarial.

“Hartline refused to cooperate with the verbal commands of the deputies and retreated into his home,” Queen said. “Once inside the home, Hartline refused further instructions given by deputies.”

After an undisclosed amount of time with no further cooperation from the alleged suspect, deputies entered the home.

There, they found Hartline deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Queen did not disclose the reason for the altercation saying that the investigation was ongoing and no further suspects were being sought.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting Jackson County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

Hartline has a brief criminal history of misdemeanor crimes receiving suspended sentences and probation for breaking and entering, assault, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, drunk and disorderly and simple assault/affray.

Hartline won the state 2-A wrestling championship at 103 pounds for Smoky Mountain High School in 1989.