Sgt. Chad Reports on Piney Shooting Incident, Ensuing Police Chase

Sgt. Chad Payne, information officer for the Dade County Sheriff's Office, reported as follows on Saturday's shooting in Piney and subsequent car chase:

On Saturday, January 20, Dade County deputies were dispatched to Vine Lane in the Piney community for a “shots fired” call.

Upon the arrival of deputies, they were met by the female victim who advised she had been physically assaulted by a male, and he had also fired a few rounds from a handgun. She also advised that the suspect had attempted to run over her with his vehicle, even driving into a neighbor’s yard in attempts to do so.

Deputies attempted to locate the suspect, but he had already left the area prior to their arrival. It was found during the course of the on-scene investigation that the suspect had shot at the victim’s car, at her bed inside the residence, and possibly while driving down the street, but never actually at the victim herself.

Shortly after the incident on Vine Lane, deputies were notified that Officer Coffman with the Trenton Police Department had spotted the vehicle and was attempting to stop it. The vehicle failed to stop, and Officer Coffman went in pursuit of the vehicle northbound on Interstate 59. Dade County Deputies Raley and Cloud joined in the pursuit, as the suspect vehicle headed toward Marion County on Interstate 24. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and Marion County Sheriff’s Office were notified of the pursuit and the nature of the original incident.

THP attempted to deploy spike strips at the 155-mile marker on Interstate 24, but the suspect vehicle evaded the device. Shortly after mile marker 155, Marion County deputies attempted to slow the vehicle but backed off due to the driver pointing a firearm at deputies.

The vehicle continued to the Kimball exit, where the vehicle was stopped, and the suspect was taken in to custody without incident.

A .357 revolver was recovered from the vehicle at the time of arrest. The suspect was identified as Daniel Southerland (left), 33 years, of South Pittsburg, Tenn. He is facing charges in Marion County as well as Dade County. Warrants have been taken in Dade County for violation of a TPO (temporary protection order) and aggravated assault. The suspect vehicle, and firearm, will be returned to Dade County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Southerland is currently being housed at the Marion County Jail.

Dade Sheriff Ray Cross wants to thank his deputies, Trenton PD Officers, Marion County deputies and the Tennessee Highway Patrol for their quick, and safe, apprehension of this violent offender.

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