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Authorities ID women killed in Tenn. shooting

Investigators named the two women shot and killed in east Tennessee on Wednesday morning. They were identified as 34-year-old Donna Jones and 29-year-old Amy Jones. The suspected shooter was arrested in Madison County. (Photo credit: WCYB)

Investigators named the two women shot and killed in east Tennessee on Wednesday morning. They were identified as 34-year-old Donna Jones and 29-year-old Amy Jones.

Their mother's boyfriend and suspected shooter Clyde Banner, 63, fled to Madison County and was captured Wednesday afternoon.

Banner, who faces two charges of first-degree murder, is awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

Banner, his girlfriend and her two daughters lived in the same house in Unicoi County, Tennessee.

Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said Banner shot Donna and Amy with a shotgun.

"I found two white females deceased in the living room,” Hensley said.

He said Banner then alerted their family.

"Unicoi County 911 received a call the subject had called a female at a local dump site, where she worked, and stated that he just killed two girls," Hensley said.

Hensley said investigators tracked Banner to Madison County after he used a credit card.

"[He used it] at a local store," Hensley said.

Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood said someone spotted Banner in Madison County and reported it.

"Someone actually called from the Triangle Stop to the sheriff's office stating that they were following the vehicle up 25/70 back toward Marshal," Harwood said.

Harwood said Banner was arrested in the parking lot of the Laurel River Store.

"He was taken into custody on a vehicle stop with a number of our deputies and I. We took him into custody without incident. I might add the excellent communication between the Unicoi County Sheriff's Office, which you know is in another state, and the Madison County Sheriff's Office was astronomical today in bringing this subject to such a quick arrest," Harwood said.

Banner was in custody within about an hour and a half.

Harwood added that one of his deputies involved in the case ended up colliding with another vehicle. He said the deputy had his blue lights on when the other vehicle pulled out in front of him. The deputy veered away, but was unable to avoid an accident. Harwood said the deputy and other driver were OK.

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