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Coffee County man added to TBI’s 10 most-wanted list

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

John Varner

On Thursday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added a Coffee County gang member wanted for attempted first degree murder to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list after a shooting incident in Manchester left a man injured last weekend.

John O’Keefe Varner, 42, last known address 1510 Rogers Circle, Manchester, is wanted by the Manchester Police Department. At approximately 6 p.m. on Feb. 9, Varner traveled to 1202 Woodland Court with a female and had an argument with a man at that address.

According to an eyewitness, after asking the man to come outside the residence, Varner shot him once in the right hip area with a small caliber pistol and kept shooting at the victim as he was running away.

Varner has an extensive and violent criminal history dating back to 1990 that includes second-degree murder, aggravated assault, domestic violence and unlawful possession of a weapon. He is also a confirmed Crip gang member.

Varner is described as a black male with black hair, brown eyes and has multiple tattoos on his arms and hands. He also has a scar near his left eye area. He is 5-foot-11, weighs approximately 225 pounds and also goes by “Jake” or “Kitchen.”

He may be traveling in a 2004 white Ford F-150 truck with Tennessee tag 706-YDC or a 1989 blue Chevy Caprice with Tennessee tag B69-52F. Varner is considered armed and dangerous and should be approached with extreme caution.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Varner is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.