Man killed after domestic incident with ex-girlfriend, sheriff says

TIPTON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning, just before 1 a.m. on Mason Malone Road.

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According to TCSO, James Walter Smith Jr. was found shot in front of his ex-girlfriend’s home. Smith died on the scene.

Sheriff’s discovered that just a few hours earlier, around 10:40 p.m. Saturday night, Smith showed up to his ex-girlfriend’s job in Memphis, with a gun.

Smith argued with his ex-girlfriend before one of her coworkers stepped in. He eventually fled the scene.

Memphis Police was called and is investigating the incident as an aggravated assault/domestic violence incident.

The victim told TCSO that Smith confronted her at her home, resulting in the shooting.

An autopsy will be conducted at the Regional Forensic Center in Memphis.

“This remains a very active and on-going investigation. If anyone has information in this case, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3307, email tips to or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley. Anonymous tips may be submitted to the Tipton County tip411 app or by texting “Tipton” to 847411.”