Ax-wielding man shot by Bristol police indicted

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 11, 2018 at 9:36 PM

BRISTOL — The man shot by Bristol police last month was jailed Wednesday on aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges.

Eric Crawford was shot March 23 during an incident in the 900 block of Georgia Avenue. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release police were at a residence searching for Crawford, who had an outstanding arrest warrant. They found him in a closet, and he tried to assault one of the officers with an ax. That officer shot Crawford, who was treated at a local hospital.

Last week, a Sullivan County grand jury returned indictments charging Crawford, 43, with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

He was held Wednesday in the Sullivan County Jail on $5,000 bond. As a condition of his bond, Crawford will be outfitted with a GPS monitoring device before being released from jail.

The names of the shooter and other officers involved have not been released. The TBI does not identify officers involved in such situations and defers to the local law enforcement agency.

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