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ACSD arrests armed felon

A Rocky Top man was arrested Tuesday by Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies following a brief pursuit that ended with him being tased. 41-year-old Johnny Dewayne Thomas was taken into custody by deputies on several charges after a short vehicle and foot pursuit.  About 1:30pm, according to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle being driven by Thomas.  The car attempted to evade but stopped and Thomas bailed out and fled on foot.  While being chased Thomas pulled a handgun from his waistband, looked back at the pursuing deputy and tossed the gun as he ran.  The deputy deployed his Taser and made the arrest without further incident.

The handgun was found to be stolen and what the ACSD described as suspected narcotics were also located. Thomas has several felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing a weapon. Thomas was charged with several drug, weapon, and other offenses.  Other charges may be brought after the investigation is complete. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will be consulted for possible federal weapons charges. He remains in custody at the Anderson County Jail, charged with aggravated assault, felony drug possession, tampering with evidence and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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