New Details on the Arrest of Sheriff Jimmy Morris

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 11/26/2012 9:29 pm

Julie Sheldon Richerson, a Bledsoe County resident, says, "I was shocked that they arrested our sheriff."

Richerson says it is not every day you see your sheriff wrapped in a blanket, posing for a mug shot.

Richerson adds, "Jimmy doesn't start trouble. I've never ever known him to start trouble."

But that is exactly what some witness are saying happened at the Huddle House on Highway 127.

According to the incident report, a woman saw Sheriff Jimmy Morris flick a lit cigarette at Shannon Bach.

Lieutenant Coy Swanger, with the Dunlap Police Department, says, "It seems Mr. Bach was leaving the Huddle House and Mr. Morris was coming into the Huddle House, a verbal altercation between the two happened."

Some witnesses say that altercation then escalated into a fist fight.

Bach says he was sucker punched by Sheriff Morris.

Sheriff Morris does not deny that, but say's he did it out of self defense.

He says Bach came at him first.

Swanger adds, "From this point, from the witness statements that we have that are on paper, it's looking that pretty much everyone except one witness, who is an employee at Huddle House, states that Mr. Morris started the altercation."

Dunlap Police believe there has been bad blood between the two for months now.

Swanger adds, "These two individuals apparently got into an altercation on September 9th, it was all verbal, there was no physical altercation and both gentlemen were allowed to leave."

They are allegations some citizens not only disagree with, but are downright angered by.

Richerson says, "I think they had it in for him or something because I'm really stunned that they arrested our sheriff."

Sheriff Morris called for a press conference earlier on Monday, but then called it off.

Bach could not be reached for comment.

Now, Both men are charged with disorderly conduct.

That means if found guilty, they could receive up to 30 days in jail, and or up to a $50 fine.

Four other people were arrested at the same time as Bach and Sheriff Morris, however, police believe they were involved in a different fight.

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