Man pretending to have gun on roof arrested after 30 minute standoff

Jeff Bobo • May 24, 2018 at 9:15 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who climbed up on his roof Tuesday evening to avoid being served an arrest warrant, and then pretended a crow bar was a gun while ordering police to shoot him, surrendered to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office after a 30 minute standoff.

Christopher Levi Belcher, 23, 816 Carters Valley Road, Rogersville, had reportedly failed to appear in Hawkins County Sessions Court on May 7 on charges of driving on a suspended license and speeding.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, HCSO Sgt. Nathan Simpson responded to a report of a verbal domestic dispute at Belcher's home between him and his father.

While Simpson was speaking to the father, Belcher apparently fled on foot to avoid being arrested on the FTA warrant.

Simpson said he then noticed Belcher on the roof.

"I asked him to come off the roof and he refused, pretending to be armed using a tire iron," Simpson stated in his report. "He was telling us to shoot him and refused to come down for 30 minutes."

Deputies negotiated with Belcher and eventually he surrendered, although he allegedly resisted arrest while being placed in the patrol car.

Deputies reportedly used a taser on Belcher to get him into the patrol car.

Aside from the FTA warrant, Belcher was charged with two counts of resisting arrest.

As of Wednesday he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail pending arraignment in Sessions Court.

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