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BIZARRE: Armed UFO Watcher Chases Down Driver
UFO Depiction
Published: 3:00 PM 8/4/2013

By: MARIE KEMPH, mkemph@murfreesboropost.com

Just as he was enjoying an afternoon of watching UFOs in the sky, a man was forced to jump in his car with a loaded shotgun Monday and chase down a stranger in self-defense.

At least that is the story that a 20-year-old Murfreesboro man told officers after being arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment and aggravated assault near the intersection of Northwest Broad Street and North Thompson Lane.

“The suspect told Officer (Jody) Johnson that he was sitting outside his house watching a UFO in the sky when a vehicle pulled into his driveway, and he thought the driver was about to do a drive-by shooting,” Officer Jacob Lamb said in a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

“He then grabbed his shotgun, got into his vehicle, and chased after the vehicle in question,” Lamb said in the report.

His explanation came as complete shock for the other driver, another Murfreesboro resident who first suspected the man was driving drunk or on drugs.

“(The driver) observed a (man in a) green truck swerving in his lane, almost striking him,” Lamb said. “He thought (the man) was driving drunk, so he called 9-1-1. As they approached North Thompson Lane, the (man) pointed a shotgun at him.”

Fortunately for all the parties involved, Sgt. Jim Wyatt was nearby and responded to the scene before anyone could get hurt.

“Wyatt responded to the scene first and detained the suspect,” Lamb said, adding the UFO watcher was then taken into custody and transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly.

The man has since been released on an $8,000 bond while he awaits a preliminary hearing in the case.

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