Man killed during struggle over pistol


Randall Devin Lawrence, 23, of Hayden, was killed the evening of March 15 when a struggle over a pistol between his brother and his father resulted in a shot fired that passed through his brother’s hand, striking Lawrence in the chest and killing him, according to authorities. The father, Barry Dewayne Beasley, had threatened suicide during a domestic dispute and had drawn the gun when the younger brother, Dalton Beasley, attempted to take the weapon. The incident took place at the father’s home on Elvester Road, where all three men resided.

The elder Beasley was released pending referral of the case to the grand jury by the Blount County District Attorney.