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Update: Man charged with aggravated assault after threatening to blow up home

Rain Smith • Feb 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Update: 5:25

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports Dillon Turnmire, 20, has now been charged with three counts of aggravated assault and possession of prohibited weapons.

He allegedly threatened to "blow up" his family's home with his mother and sisters inside, with police later locating three explosive devices in the residence.


Officers from multiple agencies have converged on a Kingsport home after a 20-year-old man allegedly threatened to kill his mother and sisters — holding an explosive device while doing so — and then fled the scene.

Police report the suspect was apprehended a short time later during a traffic stop, while a bomb squad has since located at least three explosive devices at the residence of his family.

The incident began shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday on Blue Haven Drive. Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says a resident called authorities after her son allegedly threatened to kill her and his siblings, all while holding a suspicious device in his hands.

The man, Dillon Turnmire, reportedly fled the residence in a vehicle, leaving the possible explosive behind. Kingsport Police Department Capt. Jason Bellamy says KPD officers located Turnmire a short time later, taking him into custody during a traffic stop at North John B. Dennis Highway and East Stone Drive.

He reportedly had a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession, while driving on a revoked license. He was booked into the city jail with additional charges pending in Sullivan County.

As of noon Thursday, bomb specialists with both Kingsport and Johnson City Police were still at his family's residence in Blue Ride Estates. Sullivan County police and other emergency responders were blocking the road from through traffic.

Earhart has confirmed to the Times-News that at least three explosive devices have been found within the home.

For more on this developing story, check back with Timesnews.net and read Friday's print edition of the paper.

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