Athens, Tennessee, man held on more than a dozen counts in shooting incident

Shots allegedly fired at deputies and residents

  photo  McMinn County Sheriff's Office / Terry Lynn, 42, of Athens, Tenn.

An Athens, Tennessee, man was jailed after allegedly firing shots at residents and law enforcement after an altercation.

Terry L. Lynn, 42, of County Road 611 in Athens, is being held on 13 counts arising from an altercation that drew deputies to a home on County Road 616 on a disturbance call, according to a McMinn County Sheriff's Office statement. Lynn's bond was set at $150,000.

Lynn is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault against a first responder, aggravated burglary, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, sexual battery and DUI, according to jail records.

The sexual battery charge is related to an alleged assault during a disturbance at the home, McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy said Wednesday in a phone interview. He said the investigation is continuing.

Deputy Cpl. Amber Cook answered the call to the home around 8:30 p.m. Monday, when a person there identified Lynn as he approached the home in an orange Dodge Dart, according to the statement issued Tuesday.

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Cook and others at the home, including a small child, then allegedly heard and saw Lynn point a handgun out his car window and fire at least one shot as he sped away, authorities said. Cook attempted to locate Lynn but couldn't, and other deputies and agencies were alerted.

"As the investigation continued, it was alleged that Mr. Lynn had previously been to the residence on County Road 616 earlier in the day and had assaulted a female there," Guy said in the statement. "This had resulted in an argument where Mr. Lynn allegedly left the residence claiming he would come back with a gun."

Guy said deputies and officers from other agencies began a search for Lynn and the vehicle.

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"At around 10:30 p.m., the suspect vehicle was spotted by a deputy near the Polk County line on Dentville Road," Guy said. "The deputy attempted to stop the suspect, but the suspect may have fired another round at the deputy before crashing into a citizen's truck at Highway 163, at which time the deputy discharged his firearm."

Guy said in a follow-up email authorities believe a shot was fired at the second deputy during the pursuit but that remains under investigation.

Lynn was taken into custody after he stopped on County Road 850 near Old Salem Church, according to the statement. There were no injuries.

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Officials at the McMinn County Circuit Court Clerk's Office said Lynn faces a court hearing June 15, and he is represented by Public Defender Donald Shahan's office.

There was no answer at the Public Defender's Office in Cleveland, Tennessee, on Wednesday, and messages left seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Contact Ben Benton at or 423-757-6569.