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Updated: Convicted felon charged with attempted murder after standoff with deputies in Limestone

Staff Report • Apr 16, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Whiskey and a boyfriend/girlfriend argument apparently led to a three-hour standoff between a Limestone man and Washington County deputies Tuesday night, but the alleged suspect ended the incident when he gave up.

Chad Michael Propst, 36, was charged with attempted second degree murder, simple possession and evading arrest after the incident at his residence at 127 Garland Road.

Deputies were dispatched to the residence around 11:15 p.m., but the events leading up to the episode began when Propst arrived home around 6 p.m. The victim, not identified in a court document, told officers Propst seemed normal when he got home, but the woman “noticed he had a bottle of whiskey and had been drinking.”

The couple began to argue about a comment Propst allegedly made to the woman’s 12-year-old daughter earlier that day and progressed to the point Propst began to punch holes in the walls. The woman retreated for about two hours to a neighbor’s house so Propst could have time to calm down.

But when the woman returned, Propst was more intoxicated and more agitated, she told officers later.

“It was then that the victim stated that she saw the shotgun and a large knife lying on the bed,” Deputy Tim Moore wrote in the affidavit.

The woman told Propst to leave, but he refused and threatened to shoot the neighbor and any police officer who showed up. Propst alleged began breaking furniture, shelves and doors in the home.

“At one point he put the barrel of the shotgun in his mouth and told her to pull the trigger,” Moore wrote. The woman told Propst to stop, but he began to choke her to the point of unconsciousness.

The woman said she balled up on the floor and Propst began to kick her until her daughter ran into the room. They were both able to run from the house to safety and call for help.

After deputies arrived, Propst refused to leave the residence for about two and a half hours. When he finally did give up, officers found a 12-gauge shotgun and large knife in a bedroom.

Court documents did not indicate if the gun was loaded or not.

Officers also found a small orange pill believed to be suboxone.

He was arraigned on the charges in Washington County General Sessions Court where a judge set a $70,000 bond and an April 24 court hearing.

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Earlier report posted at 9:32 a.m.

A Limestone man held Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies at bay in a three-hour standoff last night after a 911 call from his girlfriend, Sheriff Ed Graybeal reported this morning in a news release.

Chad Michael Propst, 36, was charged with attempted second degree murder after the incident at his residence at 127 Garland Road.

The victim told deputies her boyfriend had assaulted her and had a shotgun. She said he made threats to kill her, himself and anyone that tried to come into the home.

Deputies arrived about 11:15 p.m. and tried to call Propst out of the residence, but he refused. After 3 1/2 hours, he exited the residence and was taken into custody.

Along with the attempted murder charge, Propst was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, evading arrest, possession of schedule II drugs and vandalism over $500.

He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center without bond awaiting an appearance this afternoon in Sessions Court.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for more on this developing story.

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