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Salt Gum Man Barricades Himself After Assaulting Brother-in-law In Knox County

From the Knox County Ky Sheriff's Department -

Jerry W. Mills - KCDC

On May 28, 2024, at approximately 7:45 pm Knox County Deputy Jeremiah Williamson responded to fight in progress at a residence on Salt Gum Hollow Road in Salt Gum.  Deputy Williamson made contact with a male subject lying in the roadway that had been assaulted with a gun stock by 56-year-old Jerry Mills. The victim had sustained serious head wounds. He was transported to the Dewitt Elementary School by Knox EMS and flown by helicopter to the University of Tennessee.

Deputy Williamson also made contact with Mills who barricaded himself inside the residence. After several attempts to talk him into coming out failed, Deputy Williamson called for assistance and other Knox County Deputies responded to his location. The London Laurel County Special Response Team was contacted and responded to the location. Officers from the Barbourville Police Department also responded and assisted at the scene.

On Wednesday May 29. 2024, at approximately 1:50 am after the use of tear gas and several non-lethal projectiles, Mills continued to resist arrest had to be physically subdued.

Jerry Wayne Mills was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center was charged with: assault-1st degree, wanton endangerment-1st degree/police, assault-3rd degree/police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct-1st degree and menacing.       

The investigation is continuing by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.


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