A Tennessee couple will face charges after reportedly causing a Sevier County, Tennessee, deputy to suffer what appeared to be a massive panic attack during an armed standoff.
In December, Deputy Justin Johnson arrived on the scene of a call after paramedics were summoned to a Sevier County home to assist a “morbidly obese female” who had fallen and had phoned in a report that her purse was stolen.
One of the women accused of stealing the unnamed woman’s purse was 37-year-old Tina Cody, who was still on the scene when Johnson arrived.
As Johnson approached the premises, Cody fled on foot, climbing a fence and attempting to get away.
Johnson apprehended Cody after a short chase, and paramedics assisted in holding her down while he attempted to handcuff her.
As the deputy was cuffing the suspect, he revealed that he heard a “male voice coming from a short distance behind me.” According to Johnson’s report, the man’s voice shouted, “I’ve got a gun, [expletive].”
“I turned to notice [second suspect Brian Mullinax] pacing wildly on the porch of a nearby mobile home and then squat while aiming an object at me that appeared to be a firearm in his hand,” Johnson said. “I immediately discharged my weapon.”
Johnson reported that he fired four shots toward the mobile home, and after pausing, fired three more shots.
“Shots fired,” he said as he called in the incident to dispatchers. “We need help.”
Several minutes later, Johnson can be seen in the bodycam footage retreating from the scene, clearly distressed and hyperventilating. One of the paramedics approached Johnson and advised him that he needed to “pull it together.”
The paramedic eventually had to take Johnson’s gun away from him.
“Give me your gun,” the paramedic can be heard saying. “Let go of it.
“Easy, buddy,” the paramedic continued. “I got it under control. Calm down. It’s OK.”
Johnson handed over the weapon and began to calm himself down. “I’m OK, I’m OK,” Johnson can be heard saying in the footage. The paramedic later returned Johnson’s gun.
According to court records, Mullinax had a cellphone and was filming Johnson during the altercation.
Both Mullinax and Cody were arrested on felony charges and were accused of causing the deputy’s panic attack.
Though the local court dropped felony charges against Mullinax and Cody, Mullinax is being charged with assault, and Cody is being charged with resisting arrest.