Suspect charged with attack on State Trooper


“On Saturday, one of our troopers was the victim of a senseless act of violence,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Matt Perry. “He was attacked while conducting what he thought was a routine stop. We know this can happen, but it is never truly expected. I want to give a sincere thank you to the staff at Emerald Hodgson Hospital for taking great care of Trooper Johnson, to the Grundy and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices for their swift response and aid, and to the local citizens who provided information resulting in the identification of the suspect.” Colonel Perry added, “We don’t take physical attacks on our troopers lightly and will not rest until those responsible are in custody.”

The release offers more details on the struggle.  Trooper Sam Johnson was trying to stop the suspect on an ATV.  During his escape attempt, the ATV hit the trooper’s vehicle.  They got into “lengthy struggle” after which McHone was able to get back on the ATV and flee.


ALTAMONT, Tennessee (WDEF) –  The suspect wanted for assaulting a Tennessee State Trooper has turned himself in.

24 year old Austin Gage McHone of Tracy City will face charges of Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Felony Evading.

On Sunday night before midnight, the trooper tried to stop the suspect in Tracy City who was driving a yellow ATV.

The driver fled but lost control of the ATV in a ditch line.

But officials say that when the trooper approached the rider, he was violently attacked.

The officer said the suspect tried to get his weapon, but failed.

The trooper was treated at a hospital and released.

They say McHone also suffered some injuries in the wreck and fight.


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