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Man ready for ‘shootout’ charged after stop

July 18th, 2011 11:59 pm by Becky Campbell

A man wearing a bulletproof vest was armed when Johnson City police arrested him on weapons and domestic assault charges Sunday.
Sheryl E. Watson, 31, 1409 Central Ave., Elizabethton, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated domestic assault and committing a felony while wearing a body vest.
Police pulled Watson over after police responded to a Jared Drive residence because he was beating on the front door there.
Watson was at the residence of Terri Archer, who told officers Watson’s behavior had “changed so drastically” recently that she was afraid of him. She showed police text and photo messages on her phone that reportedly came from Watson’s phone.
According to court paperwork filed by JCPD Officer Jeff Legault, one of Watson’s messages indicated he was going to her house and “there was going to be a shootout.”
A photo message showed Watson wearing a bulletproof vest and another one showed him holding a handgun that was found in his vehicle.
Legault said in the court documents that Watson was wearing the vest and had the handgun, a Colt 45, lying in the passenger’s seat when he was arrested. The weapon was loaded with one round in the chamber and four rounds in the clip, police said.
Watson was being held on $42,000 bond in the Washington County Detention Center. He was arraigned on the charges Monday morning in Washington County Sessions Court and has a hearing set for July 26.

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