Wife charged in doctor’s shooting
A Tullahoma doctor who was shot multiple times in Manchester Wednesday afternoon was listed in critical condition Thursday at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
Dr. Harry A. Bartee, 47, an emergency room doctor at Harton Regional Medical Center, was shot as he stood outside his lawyer’s office on the courthouse square.
His estranged wife Brenda Bartee is being held in the Coffee County Jail under $250,000 bond and is charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder.
Authorities said Bartee was shot “at least four times” allegedly by Brenda Bartee, also of Tullahoma, around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday. According to medical reports, he was shot in the lower extremities and the side.
Manchester Assistant Police Chief Adam Floied said the couple had been in divorce 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 husband left the law office, the woman fired seven shots, with four of them striking him.”
Two Bedford County sheriff’s deputies happened to be inside nearby Toliver’s Pawn and Jewelry and ran outside when they heard the shots.
The deputies said they saw Brenda Bartee holding a handgun and the doctor lying on the ground bleeding. Mrs. Bartee was taken into custody and transported to the Manchester Police Department where she provided details of the incident. She was later charged with attempted first-degree murder and transported to the Coffee County Jail.
Bryson Simerly, who works at Toliver’s Pawn Shop, rushed to the crime scene and administered first aid, according to witnesses. One of the stray bullets reportedly broke a window in a parked car and another hit near a bystander.
Dr. Bartee was transported by Coffee County Ambulance Service to the Medical Center of Manchester and was later flown to Erlanger Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
According to Floied, Mrs. Bartee told officers that her “husband and his girlfriend had been harassing her.”
She is scheduled to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Jan. 24, 2014.
According to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Mrs. Bartee is also facing an aggravated assault charge in Mississippi, and a domestic violence and misuse of 911 charge in Coffee County.