Charges pending after standoff with Jefferson County deputies

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STRAWBERRY PLAINS, Tenn. (WATE) — Charges are pending against a man that threatened to set himself and the residence he was in on fire during a standoff Friday.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched around 12:45 p.m. to Ridgeview Way for a disturbance. Deputies entered the residence and noticed a strong smell of gasoline. The suspect had two, one-gallon cans of gasoline and was holding a lighter threatening to set himself and the residence on fire.

Deputies’ attempts to calm the suspect were unsuccessful.

“He requested to talk to a family member who agreed and appeared to calm the suspect at which time she grabbed the can of gasoline and began to run out of the residence with the suspect chasing her,” a release from JCSO said.

Law enforcement deployed a pepper-ball gun in an attempt to subdue the suspect. The suspect barricaded himself in a bedroom after being hit by the pepper ball. A pepper spray gas canister was deployed into the bedroom. The suspect came out after the canister was deployed and was taken into custody.

He is being treated for “numerous self-inflicted cuts to his wrist and neck” at Jefferson Memorial emergency room. Charges are pending a mental health evaluation according to JCSO. His identity has not been released.

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