The incident started on June 9 when Eric S. Clark, 55, 2107 Fordtown Road, Jonesborough, had his car towed to White Auto Repair. He had had his engine rebuilt at the shop approximately three years ago. When the engine began to experience problems, Clark wanted the shop to fix it.
The owner of the shop told Clark there was not a warranty offered for a service that had taken place that long ago. According to a police report, Clark allegedly began yelling and cursing and shoved everything on the front counter to the floor and threw an oil pan at the owner. The owner then threw a rubber mallet at Clark in an attempt to get him to leave.
Clark later told police he threw some papers out of frustration, but there were no other items on the counter. The damage from the incident reportedly totaled $474.
On June 11, just two days after the auto repair shop incident, Clark showed up to a residence where his son was staying. He reportedly stated to the homeowner that he had been driven by his truck, on autopilot, to the residence. He also warned of the upcoming apocalypse and reportedly said he stockpiled weapons so he could survive it.
Clark left the residence but returned later the same day to try and retrieve his son. A brief stand off would ensue, causing one Kingsport officer to deploy his patrol rifle. Clark was later found with a loaded Sig-Sauer .22 in his waistband and charged with attempted aggravated burglary and unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon. Another weapon was found during the search, a Phoenix Firearms .22, which was kept for safe keeping.
On June 22, officers with the Kingsport Police Department located Clark on East Market Street and arrested him for an aggravated assault warrant stemming from the White Auto Repair incident.
Clark gave officers permission to search his vehicle. During the search, officers located three small pouches which reportedly contained various zip lock bags with 308 .22 caliber bullets. They also located three separate .22 caliber semi auto pistol magazines, all loaded, a .22 caliber E.I.G. Italy Derringer pistol, that was not loaded.
Also found inside the car were a Sig Sauer pistol box, a brown nylon zippered pistol case, a large leather holster and box containing 25 Winchester 12 gauge shotgun shells, along with a large, open bottle of Jose Quervo tequila and a large, open bottle of Jose Quervo Margarita mix.
A check of Clark's drivers license showed he did not have a valid handgun permit in Tennessee.
Clark was additionally charged with going armed and open alcohol container.