An Athens man has been arrested on a homicide charge after a joint investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the Madisonville Police Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and several other local law enforcement agencies.

At the request of 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump, on Oct. 21, TBI agents joined Madisonville police officers, THP troopers, officers with the Vonore Police Department, and deputies with the Monroe, Blount, and Loudon County sheriffs’ offices in investigating a homicide in Madisonville.

The initial investigation indicated that Christopher Garrett, 26, of Madisonville, was in the passenger seat of a vehicle traveling near the 3700 block of Highway 411.

A female was driving and another male — identified as Paul Shane Strickland, 46, of Athens — was in the back seat.

The investigation revealed the two men apparently engaged in a verbal altercation and, at one point, the female heard a popping sound and saw Garrett slump over in the seat.

Agents learned that as she attempted to transport Garrett to a hospital, the vehicle collided with another vehicle on Highway 411.

Strickland reportedly ran from the vehicle and into a wooded area, but was ultimately apprehended by law enforcement officers.

The investigation allegedly identified Strickland as the individual responsible for the death of Garrett.

On Monday, Strickland was arrested and charged with one count of criminal homicide. He was booked into the Monroe County Jail on an open court bond.

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