NEWCOMB, TN – STONY FORK, TN (WLAF) – Two tense situations on opposite ends of Campbell County occurred simultaneously late Wednesday morning.

The first call came in to Central Dispatch at 11:51am on Highway 297 at Newcomb. The other was at 11:56am on Stony Fork Road near the New River Road turnoff.

The Stony Fork call was answered by Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies Cody Fox and Matt Wasson while Sgt. Tosha Tackett and Deputy John Minor responded to Newcomb. Minor, a law enforcement and military war veteran, is on his first day on the job with the sheriff’s department.

“The Newcomb call came in with the man saying he was hearing voices and wanted to harm himself or someone else,” said veteran dispatcher Donnie Davis. “I need help,” the man said, according to Davis. Davis goes on to say that he and the man were going back and forth on multiple phone calls with the man hanging up and not wanting to cooperate. “He told me that he had a gun, and I told him that he was going to have to put the weapon up before the deputies could help him,” said Davis.

“It was tense there for a while,” said Davis. Davis was able to convince the man he had to put the gun away, and he told Davis that he put it in a closet. Deputy John Minor directed Davis to tell the man to come out of the white mobile home onto the porch with his hands up. The man complied. “We’ve gotta male outside,” said Sgt. Tackett over the police radio.

At Stony Fork, a father and son were involved in a domestic disturbance. “You could tell by the screams of the family in the background of the phone call that it was a tense situation. They were shouting at the son to quit,” said Davis. Fox and Wasson arrived on the scene and were able to diffuse the situation.

Both men, the one from Newcomb and the one from Stony Fork, were taken into custody. Campbell County EMS staged near the scenes but ended up not transporting any patients. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/05/2022-1:30PM)