Police pepper spray golf club-wielding burglary suspect

Rain Smith • Jul 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM

A burglary suspect faces multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted officers who attempted to remove him from his hiding place under the insulation in the loft of a Kingsport house.

Police report the man was pepper sprayed during the Tuesday incident, in which he swung a golf club while fighting with deputies. He is also facing additional charges in another nearby burglary that was discovered after his arrest.

Cody Estepp, 27, is currently held in the Sullivan County jail in Blountville. An arrest report at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office says police encountered Estepp at approximately 12:30 p.m. while responding to a home on Hood Road.

The resident called authorities after returning home from work and observing blinds open on his front door. Two deputies entered the residence to conduct a search, with one allegedly locating Estepp in a loft area "underneath storage bags and insulation."

Estepp reportedly ignored commands and resisted police. When he allegedly began punching deputies, they deployed a burst of pepper spray to his face.

While officers were still attempting to gain control of Estepp's hands, according to a police report, Estepp grabbed a golf driver and "swung it back" as if he were going to strike. The officers then restrained Estepp on a bed to place him in cuffs and bring him into custody.

Police say Estepp was found wearing a pair of boots that belong to the resident and had stolen two video game systems and games from the home. He is charged with aggravated assault, assault, resisting arrest, aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says that after Estepp's arrest a second burglary was discovered at a neighboring house. He is suspected in that incident with additional charges pending.

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