Sheriff: Man fires at Meigs deputy, deputy fires back

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Authorities in Meigs County are investigating after they say a man opened fire on a deputy at a home on Thursday. Sheriff Jackie Melton says the deputy returned fire and injured the suspect.

Sheriff Melton says the incident happened at 4:30 p.m. at a home on South No Pone Valley Road.

Deputies went to that home after getting a call about a man with a history of mental illness who was reportedly off his medication.

A person who called 911 said the man was shooting a gun in his basement with his mother fearing for her safety.

Sheriff Melton says Deputy Chris Hill contacted 55-year-old John Eaves at the front door. Hill says Eaves had his hand in his pocket. Deputy Hill asked him what was in his pocket, and Eaves responded that it was a gun. Sheriff Melton says Eaves then pulled the gun out of his pocket and shot at Deputy Hill, who wasn't hit.

Deputy Hill then returned fire, wounding Eaves. Another officer, Deputy Jeremy Bowman, arrived and helped Deputy Hill put Eaves into custody.

Sheriff Melton says Eaves had been threatening his mother for the past couple of weeks.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now on the case, as is standard protocol. Deputy Hill is now on paid administrative leave, which is also standard protocol.

Authorities charged Eaves with attempted second degree murder and aggravated domestic assault.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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