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Update: Rogersville man charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at police

October 11th, 2013 8:38 am by Rain Smith

Update: Rogersville man charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at police

Previous Hawkins County mugshot of Trevor Burton.

Update: 10:45 a.m.

A Rogersville man who exchanged gunfire with police on Thursday night first went to a neighbor's home while he was armed and drinking, according to investigators, and may have shot at individuals on a hay ride.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports Trevor Lee Burton, 44, was apprehended after a lengthy standoff with police. A statement from the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office says they've  charged Burton with three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm reports no one was shot in the incident, but Burton was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center after being taken into custody.

Neighbors of Burton called police to Campbell Drive on Thursday evening. Helm says they complained about Burton visiting their home while drinking and armed with a pistol.

When Burton began shooting at people on a hay ride, according to the witnesses' statements to police,  they called 911.

HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen says that when police responded, Burton was spotted along a tree line. A Sheriff's Office press release says Burton shot towards three officers, with one officer returning fire. Burton then ran into the woods.

The HCSO and Rogersville Police Department then launched what turned out to be a lengthy search. Allen says Burton apparently tried to double back to his residence, arriving at the home at 4:30 a.m. Police were waiting and took him into custody.

The TBI is now investigating the incident, which is protocol for any officer-involved shooting.

Helm says the TBI has yet to verify the claim that Burton shot toward a hay ride, or if those alleged victims may have been affiliated with any church or organization.

As of later Friday morning Burton had yet to be booked into jail.

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Previous story:

A Rogersville man is in custody after allegedly exchanging gunfire with police, who were responding to his home on reports of shots fired while a hay ride was nearby.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Allen reports no officers were injured in the incident, but wouldn't comment on the suspect's condition. He said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now probing the incident, as is protocol in any officer involved shooting.

Thursday evening officers responded to a subdivision off Caney Creek Road, on a report of shots fired. Allen says police were told a man was shooting a handgun as a hay ride passed nearby.

Officers allegedly spotted the suspect, Trevor Burton, near his home on Campbell Drive. While standing in a  wood line  he shot at police, according to Allen, with one officer returning fire. Burton then ran into the woods.

The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office and Rogersville Police Department then launched what turned out to be a lengthy search. Allen says Burton apparently tried to double-back to his residence, arriving to the home at 4:30 a.m. Police were waiting and took him into custody.

Allen says no officers were injured in the incident. He directed questions on Burton's condition, and the charges he faces, to the TBI.

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