Man found dead in Clarksville road, police search for suspect - WKRN News 2

Man found dead in Clarksville road, police search for suspect

Posted: Updated: Sep 20, 2012 03:30 AM
Danyon Dowlen, 38, is wanted in connection to Tuesday night's fatal shooting. Danyon Dowlen, 38, is wanted in connection to Tuesday night's fatal shooting.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

A gunshot victim found grasping a gun and lying in the middle of a Clarksville road Tuesday night has died.

Police said late Wednesday they are searching for a man they wish to question in relation to the shooting and consider him armed and dangerous.

Officers found the 50-year-old victim, identified as Charles Sims, around 8 p.m. near the intersection of Reynolds and Dodd streets, east of downtown Clarksville.

Police said Sims suffered multiple gunshots and was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was pronounced dead around 11 p.m.

Clarksville police said Danyon Dowlen, 38, is wanted for questioning in the shooting.

According to the Leaf Chronicle, he has a warrant on file for a previous felony.  Officials believe he is in the Clarksville area but could be trying to leave.

A witness told police Dowlen and Sims were in a gunfight around 8 p.m. near the location where Sims' body was found.

Investigators found shell casings matching the victim's gun not too far from the scene.

A vehicle driven by Dowlen was also seized at the time of the incident.  Officials determined that Sims had a relationship with the mother of Dowlen's child.  Area residents say he had previously assaulted Sims, though it was never reported to police.

Officials consider Dowlen a threat to Clarksville and Montgomery County and say he has been convicted of several felonies.

Police spokesman Officer Jim Knoll explained that Dowlen is wanted for possession of a firearm with a bond of $100,000.

Anyone with information on Dowlen's whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the police department's tips line at 931-645-8477.

His last known address was 722 Gracey Avenue in Clarksville.

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