Fugitive goes to great lengths to avoid arrest

Fugitive Division arrests two suspects at Waterford Apartments

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Fugitive Division arrested two suspects on outstanding warrants on Friday.

They went to the Waterford Apartments on Shallowford Road around 2:45 PM looking for the pair.

But the arrests came with some drama.

Officers easily made contact with 29 year old Erika Bell.

But 42 year old Shawn Cranfield climbed up into the apartment attic and refused to come down.

Officers could hear him doing damage up there and eventually smelled smoke.

They called for backup from both the Sheriff’s Department and Chattanooga Police and the Chattanooga Fire Department.

Officers eventually had to climb up and get him.

But they say Cranfield then said he had a hard time breathing.

So they sent him to the hospital, where he tried to escape again.

Detectives re-captured him there and took him to Silverdale.

They say they will file additional charges against him.

Both suspects were wanted on drug charges.

The outstanding warrants were:

Shawn CranfieldShawn Cranfield

• Possessing a Firearm with Intent to Go Armed

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (x2)

• Possession of Meth for Resale (x2)

• Failure to Appear (x2)

• Theft of Property over $1,000

• Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Erika BellErika Bell’s warrants were for:

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

• Failure to Appear


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