PERRY CO., Tenn. (WKRN) – Tense moments for Perry County MPs were captured on body camera footage, now obtained by News 2.
A man pounces on officers with a weapon in his hand and an ax. The incident ended peacefully thanks to the good work of the deputies.
“Put it down, put it down”, do you hear an order from the deputies. What started as a call from an armed man took a dramatic turn for the deputies who arrived at the scene in Lobelville on Friday evening.
âIt looked like something out of a horror movie,â Sheriff Nick Weems explained.
The suspect wielded an ax and a homemade weapon with skillful saw blades at the deputies. He was also armed with a large knife, according to the sheriff.
âLike a brush ax and the other was a man made pickaxe handle with 2 skill saw blades bolted to it,â Sheriff Weems said.
The suspect is Jesse McCrory, 43, according to Sheriff Weems, whom you hear advising MPs on the radio. “Tease it. Don’t hurt yourself. Stack it, âhe said.
In a small county like Perry County, the sheriff said they often react to situations where they know the suspect. And that was also the case this time around.
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âI have children. You have children. We all have children. We all want to go home with the kids tonight, âone MP was heard as he told McCrory to lay down his arms.
âThis is what I consider a heroic line from my deputy. I think that maybe triggered something to make him calm down a bit. Made him think ‘I don’t want to hurt these guys because they have kids,’ âSheriff Weems explained.
Although the suspect pounces on the deputies, they remain calm as they tell him about the situation as they get close enough to handcuff and handcuff McCrory.
âI have a feeling that if the officers hadn’t had a Taser who knows how long this stalemate had lasted, or how it would have happened. I bet it would have been fatal, âSheriff Weems said.
The suspect’s plan was for MPs to get him out of his misery, which he admitted more than once in the video.
“I’d rather be shot than live the way I do,” McCrory is heard telling MPs.
Perry County MPs have taken post-college training, much of which is devoted to mental health, in addition to 40 hours of annual on-the-job training, according to the sheriff.
It is a training which paid off in this situation which could have turned fatal.
âI really commend my officers for handling it. They have done (a) excellent and superb job. I can’t find any fault in anything they did before, during the arrest or after, âhe said.
McCrory is now behind bars and faces a number of charges, including 2 counts of aggravated assault.
According to the arrest report, McCrory admitted to being on methamphetamine and drinking.
The sheriff has said he hopes to keep him there and give him the help he needs with his addiction.
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