MOUNTAIN CITY — A Johnson County’s sheriff’s deputy was injured Wednesday morning in a fight with a man who the deputy said tried to drown him, Sheriff Mike Reece said.
Reece said Deputy Adam Guinn went to a home around 3 a.m. to check on a reported theft of a cell phone. A man at the house, identified as Bradley William Howard, ran and Guinn chased him, according to a news release.
Guinn caught Howard and the two men struggled, eventually falling in a creek about 100 yards from the residence. They were submerged in water approximately 4 feet deep for a period of time, where Reece said the deputy believed Howard tried to drown him.
When Guinn came up for air, Howard got away and broke into his mother’s home, where he was eventually arrested around 9 a.m. Reece said Howard’s mother had taken out an order of protection against her son.
According to the release, Guinn suffered injuries to his lower extremities and was taken by helicopter to Johnson City Medical Center due to the high possibility of him developing hypothermia.
Guinn was released from the hospital around 4 p.m.
According to the sheriff’s department, Howard was charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property and aggravated assault. He also was charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly attempting to drown Guinn.
Reece said Howard was being held in the Johnson County Jail on $50,000 bond.