Suspect Allegedly Threatens to Kill Deputy with Shotgun, Brandishes Knife

Huntsville, TN (2018-11-08) A Huntsville man is in custody after he allegedly threatened to kill a sheriff’s deputy that was responding to a possible suicide call in the Low Gap community. After family members disarmed the suspect, he is accused of going after the deputy with a knife.  Authorities used non-lethal force to detain him.

Christopher N. Crowley

Christopher N. Crowley, 55, of Huntsville was booked into the Scott County Jail Sunday after authorities say he threatened to harm a sheriff’s deputy with a firearm, and then went after the officer with a knife.  According to a warrant written by Sgt. Paul D. Adkins of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Crowley was found at the Crowley Cemetery with a shotgun.

Authorities say that the events on Sunday were the result of a bitter separation between Crowley and his wife.  Crowley’s estranged wife told authorities that Crowley had allegedly made statements earlier in the day that he would harm himself and her.  Shortly thereafter, authorities say that Crowley attempted to contact his wife, but she refused to take his call.  Crowley is then accused of forcing his daughter to put his call on speakerphone, so his wife could overhear the conversation.  “This is what she wants,” Crowley allegedly said.  The family says Crowley then revved up the engine on his truck, and he fired a weapon.

After the shot, Crowley did not respond.  Crowley’s wife reportedly called authorities to report the incident, and the couple’s children began looking for him.  Crowley was reportedly found at the Crowley Cemetery on Newport Trail in the Low Gap community.

Authorities responded to a call of a possible suicide at that location.  When deputies arrived, they reportedly found Crowley armed with a shotgun and his family trying to disarm him.  As Sgt. Adkins approached Crowley, he allegedly threatened to kill the officer and attempted to raise his weapon.  That’s when authorities say the man’s daughter and boyfriend grabbed the weapon from his hands and disarmed him.  Crowley then is accused of pulling a knife and walking toward officers.  Sgt. Adkins reportedly deployed his taser and he, along with Deputies Joe Byrge and Shane Blevins, took the suspect into custody without further incident.

Authorities say that the couple had been having martial problems for some time.  In the weeks leading up to the incident, Crowley was accused of making endless phone calls and sending countless text messages to his wife, leading her to block his number.  He was also accused of driving back and forth in front of his estranged wife’s house, her mother’s house, and sitting on the side of the road to monitor her daily activities.  Because of his erratic behavior, authorities say that Crowley’s wife had sought and obtained an order of protection in October.

Crowley was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated stalking, contempt of court, and harassment.  He is currently being held in the Scott County Jail on a $100,000 bond.