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Blountville postmaster bitten by K-9 as accused of assault, resisting arrest in Kingsport

Rain Smith, NET News Service • Sep 30, 2015 at 4:50 PM

KINGSPORT  — The Blountville postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service has been arrested following an incident at his Kingsport home, where he allegedly choked his wife and threatened her with a gun, then refused to comply with responding police and was bitten by a K-9.

Thomas L. Kiser, 49, is charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. NET News Service learned of the incident with a Wednesday check of court records, revealing that he was taken into custody seven days prior, on Sept. 23.

According to an affidavit filed by a Kingsport police officer, shortly after 9 p.m. a domestic disturbance was reported at 700 Sir Echo Drive, apartment 104. Kiser's wife stated that he had choked her and pointed a gun at her, as well as that he was still armed with the weapon.

A KPD officer contacted Kiser by phone, asking him to exit the residence. Kiser reportedly responded that he was no longer home, but in the woods, and officers could "come and get him." He then disconnected the call.

More on the postmaster’s troubles from the Kingsport Times-News.

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