Man displays shotgun during road rage incident with firefighter

Rain Smith • Jun 28, 2013 at 7:57 PM

The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

June 24

• A caller told dispatch that unwanted, pornographic pictures of a woman had been sent to their phone. They said there was no need to file an official report; they were just alerting authorities in case it happened again.

• A Kingsport woman claimed two unknown people arrived at her home “causing a problem” over a dog. She had recently purchased the animal from her aunt for $200, but the individuals allegedly claimed its their pet. After about three minutes she just “shut the door and locked it.”

• A caller reported someone in a black Ford Focus was passed out along John B Dennis Highway. Moments later they told dispatch the driver had “jumped up” and left the scene “wide open.”

• Police responded to an altercation at a Bluff City home. A woman advised she was in bed trying to sleep as her husband played his PlayStation in the living room, but the volume on the TV was too loud. When she asked him to turn it down he allegedly yelled, spurring her to turn off the TV. He then reportedly grabbed her around the neck and choked her. Police observed injuries consistent with her statements and arrested the man for assault.

June 25

• At a residence off Weaver Pike, someone allegedly “threw a shoe” at a pregnant woman.

• Police were called to a trespassing complaint off Dunlap Road. Upon arrival they spoke with the suspect, a Kingsport firefighter who lives nearby. He said that while pulling into his driveway he was nearly struck by another vehicle, which allegedly passed him on the double yellow line at “a high rate of speed.” Due to his knowledge and experience as a first responder, he told police, he feared the driver may be having a medical emergency. He then followed the other man, 74, until he stopped at a nearby residence. Police report that upon establishing that there had been no emergency, the pair exchanged words. During the confrontation, a 72-year-old resident of the home where they had stopped — and relative of the man followed by the firefighter — exited his residence with a shotgun to “defend his property.” Deputies responded and told the firefighter to go back home and the other driver to slow down.

• Someone called police on juveniles in a Blountville subdivision. They said the children were roller-skating and skateboarding through intersections “without looking to see if a car is coming.”

June 26

• A Blountville resident reported “several thefts” from someone she had “met online.”

• Dispatch was alerted to a disturbance between a Kingsport woman and highway crew, who were tasked with trimming trees outside her residence.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

June 24

• At a farm in Rogersville someone stole eight gates, valued at $1,100. The officer’s report notes several tools left behind could have been collected as evidence, but prior to police arrival “everyone handled them.”

• A man visited the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office to speak with officers, wanting to learn more about an order of protection his girlfriend had filed against him. Twenty-five minutes later, police responded to an unwanted guest call at a county residence, finding the same man now outside his girlfriend’s home. He told police he had come to pick her up to go shopping, but her mother wouldn’t let her leave. He was then arrested for violation of the court order.

June 25

• Police responded to a disturbance at a Church Hill residence, where a divorced man and woman were still living together. They had reportedly engaged in an argument over “a telephone call he was making and some of her missing money.” During the altercation, the man allegedly pinned his ex down, prompting a charge of domestic assault.

June 26

• A Rogersville man returned from a trip to find someone had burglarized his home, stealing a handgun and bottle of vodka.

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