A Cocke County man who seriously injured a Newport police officer in February was taken into custody again Monday afternoon.
Deputy Lt. Max Laughter said he and other officers went to the home of James Allen Murphy, 31, Short Way, Newport, in search of the suspect, who had several days earlier allegedly fired shots into a home. The report does not identify the homeowner.
Upon arrival, a male and female ran into a wooded area behind the residence. But Deputy James Cupp and his K9 Narco flushed the pair out and the female was taken to the ground and handcuffed. Murphy also was taken to the ground but he resisted arrest. He had a knife clipped to his waistband, and refused to surrender it to the deputies. Eventually, Murphy was tasered in an effort to gain his compliance.
Back in February during the initial arrest, Murphy kicked the arm of Newport Sgt. William Garber, resulting in a serious injury. At that time he was charged with aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine, Alprazolam, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, driving without a license, and violation of the registration law. The defendant did not show in court to answer the charges so a capias was issued for his arrest.
Because Murphy again resisted arrest in the Monday incident he is charged with a second resisting arrest charge.