Man Arrested for Alleged Threat to Deputy
MCNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. – A McNairy County man is out of jail on bond after he was arrested for allegedly pointing a weapon at a Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy.
According to the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department, Brian Qualls was arrested on charges of driving on a revoked license, unlawful possession of a firearm, aggravated assault and retaliation for a past action.
Deputies said that on Tuesday, deputies were called to assist a Henderson County investigator with an unruly subject with a weapon.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Investigator said that, while he was driving to work, he was behind a green pickup truck on Highway 22 when the driver, who was identified as Bryan Qualls, obstructed the roadway while pulling into a gas station.
As the deputy pulled into a nearby diner, he said Qualls pulled up next to his vehicle and began yelling at him. Upon approaching Qualls vehicle, the investigator said that Qualls had a rifle in his hand. When the suspect began yelling for a second time, the investigator stated that the suspect raised his rifle toward him and the deputy pulled out his gun.
After having Qualls exit the vehicle, the deputy said he placed him in handcuffs and called for assistance.
Authorities reported finding a glass pope in the vehicle along with Xanax. After Qualls was taken into custody by McNairy County Deputies, he allegedly began making verbal threats to the Henderson County deputy and stated that he would get him for this.
Qualls was released from the McNairy County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond, Wednesday morning.