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Bristol man facing charges following ax attack

Matthew Lane • Apr 11, 2018 at 12:08 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Bristol, Tenn., man who allegedly attacked a police officer with an ax has been indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury.

Eric Crawford, 43, was indicted last week on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, according to a release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Crawford was arrested on Wednesday and booked into the Sullivan County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

As a condition of his bond, Crawford will be outfitted with a GPS monitoring device before being released from jail.

The indictment stems from a March 23 officer-involved shooting that took place at a home in the 900 block of Georgia Avenue in Bristol, Tenn.

Officers with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department were at that residence searching for Crawford, who had an outstanding arrest warrant. During the search, officers found Crawford in a closet. When they confronted him, he attempted to assault one of the officers with an ax, the TBI said.

The officer fired his pistol, striking Crawford, who was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

That same day, Sullivan County Attorney General Barry Staubus requested the TBI to look into the matter, which then resulted in the indictment.

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