Hawkins man allegedly knocked woman unconscious, attempted suicide by cop

Jeff Bobo • Nov 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE  — A Hawkins County man who allegedly knocked a woman unconscious Tuesday then ordered a police officer to shoot him during a roadside altercation near Rogersville, was charged with aggravated assault.

Around 3:30 p.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lynn Campbell was traveling east on McKinney Chapel Road when he came upon a dispute between Rodney Carl Johnson and a Bean Station woman.

The couple was reportedly arguing outside Johnson’s pickup beside the roadway, but they got into the truck when Campbell activated his emergency lights.

The woman then exited the truck, ran to Campbell’s vehicle and got in.

According to an HCSO report, Johnson, 43, 1009 Old Stage Road, Rogersville, then got out of his pickup and allegedly approached Campbell with one hand behind his back, yelling, “Shoot me. Kill Me.”

Campbell drew his service weapon and ordered Johnson to the ground.

HCSO Deputy Billy Begley then responded to the scene and Johnson was arrested.

Campbell told the Times News Johnson initially wanted to commit suicide by cop but “changed his mind.”

Officers later determined that the female had filed an order of protection against Johnson in Grainger County, but it hadn’t been served prior to Tuesday’s incident.

Begley stated in his report that the woman had blood on her face and arms, and she reportedly told him that Johnson had knocked her unconscious before officers arrived.

She was transported by Hawkins EMS to Hawkins County Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Johnson was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on one count of aggravated assault.

As of Friday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $20,000 bond pending his next court date on Nov. 13.

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