Overton Man Charged In Shooting of Fiancee

A 39-year-old Overton County man, identified as Donnie Simpson, of Alpine, has been arrested and charged with attempted criminal homicide after allegedly shooting his fiancee, Pattie Mansell, 59, at their residence on Dogwalk Road in Alpine Monday, April 8.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer Kristen Helm, was quoted in articles in the Overton County News and Herald-Citizen  was quoted as stating that the TBI is assisting Overton County Sheriff’s Department in investigating the shooting, which she described as “a domestic incident”.
“Simpson stated the shooting was accidental,” Helm said. “The Overton County Sheriff’s Office took a warrant for attempted criminal homicide on Simpson and he was arrested and booked into the Overton County Jail without bond.”
A warrant obtained from the office of Overton County Court Clerk Barbara Matthews said the initial 911 call came in at 8:30 p.m. Monday of “a possible domestic in progress with someone being shot.” When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a victim who “appeared to have been shot.”
“Deputies left to go locate the suspect where the shooting took place,” the warrant said. “When deputies arrived at the shooting scene, they seen [sic] Mr. Donnie Wayne Simpson with a rifle.”
Helm said Mansell “is expected to be ok,” though she said she was “not sure of her condition or where she is being treated.”
She reportedly lived with Simpson at the residence.
Radio traffic during the 9 p.m. hour Monday night said a medivac helicopter was landed near Overton County Ambulance Service on Bradford Hicks Drive, and police sources told Overton County News that was the chopper for Mansell. A second helicopter was reportedly on standby for Simpson in the event he was shot in what one police source described as a standoff.