Wife charged with attempted murder in doctor’s shooting
A Coffee County physician was in critical condition Wednesday after being shot multiple times as he exited an attorney’s office Wednesday afternoon on the square in Manchester.
According to Manchester Police Department Assistant Chief Adam Floied, Dr. Harry A. Bartee, 47, of Tullahoma, was shot “at least four times” with a .40 caliber pistol allegedly by his estranged wife, Brenda Bartee, of Tullahoma, Wednesday afternoon around 12:50 p.m.
According to Floied, the couple was in mediation in the law offices of Rogers, Duncan and North, located on the Manchester square.
“The mediation broke down and Mrs. Bartee left the office and went outside and got the pistol,” Floied said. “When the man left the law office, the woman fired seven shots with four of them striking him.”
Two Bedford County deputies were in Toliver’s Pawn and Jewelry located nearby and heard the shots, according to the police report.
Manchester Police Department Assistant Chief Adam Floied (center in white shirt) approaches the scene of a shooting Wednesday afternoon near the law office of Rogers, Duncan and North on N. Spring Street. In the foreground Bedford County deputies, who were in the area, hold the suspected female shooter who has been identified as Brenda Bartee. — Staff photo by Josh Peterson
They ran outside and saw Brenda Bartee holding the handgun and the doctor lying on the ground bleeding. Mrs. Bartee was taken into custody and transported to the Manchester Police Department where she was charged with attempted first-degree murder on Wednesday afternoon. She is being held in the Coffee County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.
Bryson Simerly, who works at Toliver’s, rushed to the crime scene and administered first aid, according to witnesses.
Dr. Bartee was transported by the Coffee County EMS to the Medical Center of Manchester, and later flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
According to Floied, Mrs. Bartee told officers that her “husband and his girlfriend had been harassing her.”
The public relations office of Erlanger Medical Center was not able to provide a condition for Dr. Bartee.