ATF To Look Into Circumstances Of Gun Purchase Used In Suicide Of Former Chattanooga Pastor's Wife

Thursday, January 03, 2013

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into the purchase of a handgun that authorities said the wife of a former Chattanooga pastor used to take her own life in the parking lot of a gun shop in Dallas last Saturday afternoon. 

Authorities have ruled the death of Harriet Deison, 65, of Dallas, a suicide.

Her husband, Pete Deison, was a longtime assistant pastor to Ben Haden at First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga. He is now at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas.

The Dallas Morning News said the ATF will look into the purchase from the McClelland Gun Shop.

Ms. Deison was found dead in her Lexus sedan after witnesses said they heard two shots and saw smoke coming from the car around 2:15 p.m. Police have concluded that Ms. Deison shot herself with the weapon she just bought.

In Texas there is no waiting period on a gun sale, but a customer has to fill out a form, pass a background check and show ID.

Gun shop owners are urged not to sell weapons to customers who appear to be under duress.

Harriet Jane Schoellkopf Deison was originally from Dallas.

A master gardener, she was the mother of two daughters and had eight grandchildren.

The funeral service is today at 4 p.m. at Park Cities Presbyterian in Dallas.


Chattanooga Railroad Series: The Unfinished Line To Stevenson (Part 7)

The "Old Southern Grade" - the line that was started from Lookout Valley to Stevenson, Ala., and never finished - extends on past the Sequatchie River near the Marion County Landfill before crossing the road to the landfill. Then it rises above the fields and the bogs it created through several farms.  The rails were actually in place and working trains used the line between ... (click for more)

Crime Stoppers: 2008 Murder Of Mike Mullens

Crime Stoppers and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information on the homicide of Mike Mullens.   On Dec. 19, 2008, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office responded to Premier Pattern and Machine on Woodburn Road in Flintstone. Investigators found the victim, Mike Mullens, deceased inside his vehicle. Investigators are seeking information that may assist ... (click for more)

It's Time For Everyone To Breathe

All across the nation, the trust gap between police and many of our communities of color has reached a crisis state. In Ferguson, Mo., a police officer shoots unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown. In New York, unarmed, 43-year-old Eric Garner dies as a result of a struggle with police. Cleveland police officers shoot and kill 12-year-old Tamir Rice who is armed with a toy gun. The ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Celebrate The Great Truce

On this very night 100 years ago one of history’s greatest events took place. Captain Arthur O’Sullivan was entrenched with the men of the Royal Irish Rifles on what was called The Western Front when a strange voice cried out in the darkness. Across a deadly field historically known as No Man’s Land, a German voice yelled in broken English, “Do not shoot after 12 o’clock, and we ... (click for more)

UTC Strong at Home - Defeats UAB, 83-67

 "Our defense was good, offense was humming and we outrebounded them which is a good formula for success." -- UTC coach Will Wade after the 83-67 win against UAB     UAB players were glad to see UTC miss the first three shots (in 1:38) of Monday’s game at McKenzie Arena, but were not thrilled with what happened the final 38:22. Once the ... (click for more)

Unbeaten McCallie Beats Central For Hixson Holiday Title

The Christmas break is officially here for Chattanooga area high school basketball teams, but they had to crown a couple of champions in the Fiber Optic Holiday Tournament at Hixson Monday night before the break could begin. The Maryville Heritage Lady Mountaineers defeated GPS by a convincing 78-57 difference in the girls championship while the McCallie Blue Tornado remained ... (click for more)