ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. — Police and fire officials subdued an irate man with a rifle at a wildland command post Sunday night. The 56-year-old man was criticizing how firefighters were handling the Short Mountain fire.
Michael James Campbell
Hawking County Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Murrell told The Times News, "I don’t know if he was intoxicated, pilled up, or he just has that mentality. He started criticizing us, he started criticizing the state, then he brought the president into it. It was like a snowball getting bigger and bigger."
Michael James Campbell was reportedly upset that air tankers were not dropping water on the fire. Campbell lives less than a mile from the command post.
After his tirade, Campbell returned to his vehicle but would not leave. When police asked for his identification, he laid a hand on the rifle on the passenger seat, The Times News reports. It was then that the officer drew his weapon and he and Murrell took Campbell into custody.
Campbell was charged with aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and no driver’s license, and held without bond.
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Billy ArnoldThursday, November 22, 2012 11:28:58 AMKnuckle Head!
Tracy ErwinThursday, November 22, 2012 11:32:46 AMand that's why firefighters should carry a ccw.
John Patrick WardThursday, November 22, 2012 12:03:30 PMglad to see that he is sitting in a cell were he belongs.
John T Mcf MoodFriday, November 23, 2012 10:48:16 AMWhy can't this guy and those like him just let the professionals do their jobs? Probably because he WAS "pilled up" or "drunken". He belongs right where he sits.
Stephen BourassaFriday, November 23, 2012 2:19:28 PMActually Tracy, that is why the Police respond to incidents.
Robert ChristianFriday, November 23, 2012 10:54:54 PMHe is lucky that he actually did not get end up in the back of a med unit with GSW's.
Johnny CassidySaturday, November 24, 2012 4:48:40 PMPolice in my county do not respond to fires and we have to call for a few times thru the years, so it would be much safer to have ccw holders on the truck.
Jeff AllenMonday, November 26, 2012 5:36:04 AMThat's another great reason why more Fire/Arson Investigators like myself should have arrest powers. If this happened in my jurisdiction I don't have to depend on other law enforcement agencies to be on scene; as a police officer with the fire department I can arrest the idiot on the spot and let the firefighters focus on what they need to focus on. Stay safe.