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Police: Johnson City felon had 2 loaded guns, drugs in vehicle

Johnson City Press • May 1, 2019 at 12:18 PM

Police found a felon with two loaded handguns and drugs Tuesday in Johnson City, according to a news release.

Michael L. Metcalf, 39, was arrested about 3:30 p.m. after police spotted the wanted man in a parking lot. As police pulled into the lot, Metcalf was backing out, but he stopped once he saw police approaching.

Police said they asked for a drivers’ license for positive identification, but he didn’t have a valid license and gave his Tennessee ID. They learned Metcalf’s driver license was revoked and he had an outstanding warrant issued in Washington County.

Metcalf told police the vehicle he was driving was his girlfriend’s, and while determining ownership, police were notified that the vehicle was related to an ongoing narcotics case. Investigators arrived with a police dog to sniff the vehicle, and the dog alerted police, prompting a search. Investigators found a loaded .40 caliber handgun under the driver seat, along with a loaded .25 caliber handgun in the rear pocket of the passenger seat. In the center console, they found an unmarked white plastic bottle that contained clonazepam and buprenorphine pills.

Metcalf was charged with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, driving on revoked license second offense and simple possession/casual exchange. He was held at the Washington County Detention Center on $22,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Wednesday.

Metcalf was charged in May 2015 with aggravated burglary, simple domestic assault, and resisting arrest. At the time, police said had had bunkered down in a mobile home's bathroom in a standoff during the assault investigation.

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