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Hawkins County deputies subdue stabbing suspect

July 2nd, 2007 12:00 am by Jeff Bobo



ROGERSVILLE - Hawkins County deputies used chemical spray to subdue a Rogersville man Sunday who'd allegedly stabbed his wife in the arm and then swung the weapon at the deputies who tried to arrest him.


Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chris Funk and Sgt. David Lafollette were dispatched Sunday afternoon to 192 Flora Ferry Road on a complaint of a domestic assault.


Upon their arrival, Sue Ann Jones met them outside and told the deputies that her husband, David Marshall Jones, 51, of that address, had cut her and dragged her through the home by her hair.


Funk stated in his report that he observed two puncture marks on the woman's arm, as well as blood on her shirt, pants and feet.


Funk stated in his report that Sue Ann Jones said, "He cut me. I don't know what he used. I was scared and just ran away."


As the deputies approached the residence, David Jones retreated back into the house, ignoring the deputies' demands to stop. The officers said David Jones then came to the door but refused to show his hands.


"I then noticed a large wooden-handle hand tool in his right hand," Funk stated in his report. "He again ignored our commands to drop the weapon and began waving it at both officers. He then cursed us and slammed the door on both officers.


"Sgt. Lafollette then forced the door open, and he (David Jones) came toward both officers swinging the weapon."


The deputies gave Jones a one-second burst of chemical spray, and after Jones refused to drop the weapon he received another one-second burst, police said.


"Still refusing to drop the weapon and swinging it wildly, I used a chair from the porch of the residence to push Mr. Jones to the floor," Funk stated in his report. "After a brief struggle we were able to place Mr. Jones in restraints, where he still continued to struggle."


David Jones was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. He remained lodged in the Hawkins County Jail Monday evening without bond.


When asked how the domestic dispute started, Sue Ann Jones reportedly replied, "He just goes off sometimes."



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