Harrison Man Charged After Police Say He Fires Shot Through Bathroom Door That Hits Woman

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Leon Melvin Bidd
Leon Melvin Bidd

A Harrison man is facing charges after police said he fired a shot through a bathroom door that struck a woman who was hiding from him in the bathroom.

Leon Melvin Biddy, 48, is charged with especially aggravated domestic assault and reckless endangerment.

Derita McDonough/Biddy, 46, said in the incident on Saturday she had gone to the house of Randy Hills and picked up Biddy. She said she helped him into the master bedroom and she lay down on the couch.

She said about 45 minutes later Biddy entered the living room with a shotgun and said he was going to kill her and then himself.

She said he then fired the shotgun into the ceiling, causing her to run to the bathroom and lock it.

When he could not get the door open, he shot through it, she said. The shot hit under her chin and in the shoulder. She said she climbed into the bathtub because she was afraid of being shot again.

She said Biddy was able to get through the bathroom door. When he saw that she had been shot, he lay the gun down and asked to see her injuries. He told her that if she went to the hospital "he would be done."

She said she was able to get by him and run next door to ask for help.

Police said she had what appeared to be a gunshot wound under her chin. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

After a short standoff, Biddy was taken into custody.  



Pair Arrested After Keys Stolen From Women's Locker Room At Shallowford Road YMCA

A burglary of an auto that was at the YMCA in East Brainerd has led to the arrest of a couple. Gary Michael Ellis, 36, of 7118 Sylar Road, Ooltewah, is charged with criminal conspiracy, burglary of an auto, three counts of theft of property under $500, and three counts of theft of identity.  Lauren Brittany Delaney, 22, of 1813 Jackson Square Dr., Hixson, is charged ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARNOLD, CRYSTAL LYNN  5191 CENTRAL AVE. CHATTANOOGA, 37410  Age at Arrest: 47 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County THEFT OF PROPERTY UNDER $500 --- BASHAW, MICHAEL KEITH  12312 MIDWAY CHURCH ROAD SODDY DAISY, 37379  Age at Arrest: 58 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County ... (click for more)

Colin Kaepernick Is The Epitome Of American Patriotism

As the mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, and former wife of present active duty and veterans several times over, it isn't the patriotism of NFL player Colin Kaepernick I question, but the patriotism of those who are attacking him. Kaepernick is the epitome of all things this country is suppose to stand for and challenge. If he's attacked for taking a stand then everything this ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Tenure Destroys Kids

When the California Supreme Court announced last week that it would not hear a landmark case (Vergara v. California) you didn’t hear much about it, but when Hamilton County employs almost 30 percent of teachers that are deemed to be “the least effective” by any measure, it’s time for somebody outside our classrooms to start paying very close attention. I was amazed that last ... (click for more)

Luthringer, Boyd Win Prep Cross Country Races

High school cross country runners didn’t get a break from the weather at Camp Jordan Tuesday afternoon. It was the first day of competition in the Chattanooga Cross Country League and even though the usual 5K distance was shortened to just two miles because of the heat and humidity, the effort was there as was plenty of sweat as 213 varsity runners representing 17 teams stepped ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Gets Past Improved McMinn, 3-0, In District 5-3A Volleyball

McMinn County may not be the patsy it once was on the volleyball court. Ooltewah, which have won a combined 26 regular season and District 5-3A tournament titles, 10 region tourney crowns and appeared in earned nine state berths with two second-place finishes, learned the Lady Cherokees have made significant improvement since the 2015 season. The Lady Owls (14-4, 4-0) ... (click for more)