911 caller charged with shooting at Tazewell police officer

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A Tazewell man was arrested Tuesday night after a police report says he shot at an officer who had responded to a domestic call.

The Tazewell Police Department was called to a home on Sulfridge Lane just before midnight. A resident said he had just arrived home, which he shares with his grandparents, to gather some of his grandmother’s medications to take to her.

His grandfather, Kenneth Ray Porter, 71, said that was fine, but the report said Porter then pulled out a revolver and threatened to shoot his grandson. Porter then called 911 to report an unwanted person in his home.

When Patrolman Jason Pabon arrived in the driveway, Porter came out of the home with the revolver, pointed it at the offer and fired a shot.

Officer Pabon saw the flash and sought cover. The report says Porter again pointed the gun at the officer. Pabon repeatedly yelled, “Police, drop the gun!” and Porter complied.

In addition to the .32 caliber revolver, officers also found a .22 caliber rifle with a fully loaded banana clip, along with extra ammunition and a suitcase by the door.

An ambulance was called for Porter after he began complaining of dizziness and chest pains. Officer Pabon was not hurt.

Porter was taken into custody after being released from the hospital and charged with attempted second degree murder of a police officer and aggravated domestic assault. He is being held on $1 million bond.

“Officer Pabon displayed great restraint and bravery while being faced with a situation that could have ended in his death or the death of the suspect,” said police in a statement.

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