Scott County deputy pulls wanted man from Clinch River

Rain Smith • Apr 23, 2019 at 2:08 PM

GATE CITY — A wanted Duffield man tried to elude a Scott County deputy by jumping in the Clinch River on Sunday night, but instead was rescued from the rising waters.

Once pulled ashore, John W. Walling, 27, allegedly fought with officers and had to be forcefully subdued. He faces multiple charges in the incident.

According to the Scott County Sheriff's Office, in their jurisdiction Walling has 16 warrants for violation of probation. In Wise County, he reportedly has two more warrants for the same offense.

On Sunday night, a deputy spotted Walling walking along Anglers Way. When Walling saw police, he allegedly ran.

In a subsequent foot pursuit, Walling reportedly jumped into the adjacent Clinch River, which was higher than normal due to the weekend's heavy rain.

Police say the deputy entered the river to help Walling — as he had water rushing over his head — but Walling continued to put up a struggle. A rope was thrown in by two officers on the river bank, then the deputy was pulled ashore with Walling in tow.

SCSO reports that once on land, Walling continued to be combative, resisting arrest as he was handcuffed.

Along with his original violation of probation warrants, Walling was additionally charged with two counts of assault and battery on law enforcement and two counts of obstruction of justice.

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