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Update: Man from Johnson City police standoff charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault

November 14th, 2013 5:18 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Man from Johnson City police standoff charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault

Police and emergency officials on the scene as a man is loaded onto a stretcher following the incident the corner of East Fairview Avenue and Hale Street on Thursday (Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press)



A Johnson City man who pointed a handgun at police Thursday afternoon when they responded to assist an Animal Control officer was charged with assault and vandalism, according to a department news release.


Arnold Leon Ebalo, 57, 715 E. Fairview Ave., was taken into custody on charges of three counts of aggravated assault and felony vandalism. The vandalism charge stemmed from Ebalo kicking and hitting the Animal Control truck during the incident.


It started around 12:30 p.m. when Animal Control Officer Wayne Thomas went to 715 E. Fairview Ave. to investigate a report of animals being mistreated there. When Thomas arrived, Ebalo apparently became irate and threatened to kill Thomas. Police said Ebalo had a handgun during the encounter with Thomas.


Thomas called for police assistance. At some point, Ebalo hit the hood of the truck and kicked the side.


When police officers arrived at the house, located on the corner of East Fairview and Hale Street, Ebalo pointed a handgun at them, Capt. Matt Howell said at the scene. 


“The officers took cover and Mr. Ebalo went back inside his residence,” Howell said. 


After a brief standoff, Ebalo exited his house and was taken into custody. Howell said Ebalo complied with commands from officers and was arrested without incident.


Howell said Ebalo complained of chest pains and was transported to Johnson City Medical Center by the Washington County/Johnson City EMS. He was treated and released into police custody.


Ebalo was jailed on a $150,000 bond. He will be arraigned in Washington County Sessions Court Monday.

Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this story, police reported that Ebalo had ordered Thomas from the property and Thomas retreated to his truck. Thomas later called the Press to state that he never left his truck throughout the incident.

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