One acted like he had a gun while the other person actually produced one, but it took a 911 call to send one of them running.
Madisonville Police Sgt. Kyle Day said it was just before 9:30 p.m. Sept. 4 when he went to Pine Street on a call of someone threatening to shoot somebody.
When Day arrived on the street, he talked to a neighbor who said a man named Tristan Scruggs was fighting with his neighbor and that was all he knew.
Day said he went to the neighbor’s house and talked to the neighbor who said a car dropped off somebody in front of his house and the person stayed there for a long time.
The neighbor said he eventually went out on his porch and asked the man, who was standing in the road, what was going on and the man told him to mind his own business. The neighbor said he told the man he could ask whatever he wanted in his own porch and the man told him he would shoot him and gripped his pants like there was a gun in the pocket.
The neighbor said he went back into his house and returned with a shotgun and the man said he didn’t care, that he’d shoot the neighbor first. The neighbor then said he was calling 911 and the man took off running.
Day said he got a description of Scruggs and began to look around the neighborhood where one resident showed him security footage of Scruggs hiding between cars.
Day said he and another officer searched the area and he eventually saw Scruggs exit a wood line on Warren Street. Day said he told Scruggs to stop, but Scruggs took off running and Day gave chase, eventually catching him behind a house on Ingram Street.
Day said he asked Scruggs what had happened on Pine Street and he said a guy had threatened him with a gun. He asked Scruggs if he had a weapon and he said no. When asked why he’d ran, Scruggs said he thought it was the people after him.
Day said he searched Scruggs and didn’t find a weapon, but he did find a glass pipe in his backpack that looked like it had been used to smoke meth.
Scruggs, 27, Druid Hill Road, Tellico Plains, was charged with resisting an order to stop and possession of drug paraphernalia.