Michigan fugitive found in Rhea County after threatening shootout

DAYTON, Tennessee (WDEF) – In the early morning hours, Rhea County and Dayton officers captured a fugitive from Michigan on Tuesday.

It began with a “shots fired” call near Memorial Avenue.

Officers found James Orcutt at the Scottish Inn on Highway 27.

Over the phone, he told them that he would not go back jail without a shootout.

But after surrounding the motel and blocking traffic, they made the arrest without incident.

Orcutt was wanted in Michigan for a parole violation.

But officers say they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearms inside the room.

They also charged Barbara O’Neal who was in the room with him.

Sheriff Mike Neal commented on the team effort.

“It is an honor to serve along with the officers of Dayton Police Department and Chief Chris Sneed as well as the agents with ATF. I commend them for their professionalism and courage.”

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