A Sharp County man put a whole new meaning to "Chain Saw Massacre."
At approximately 9 p.m. March 18, a resident called dispatch to report a suspicious person on his property. The resident reported that when he got out of the shower his dogs were barking. He looked outside and there was a man dressed in black waving a gun around.
Sharp County Deputy Gary Mitchell, along with Cherokee Village Officer Wendell Lane and Hardy Officer Ashton Hester responded. According to the report, when the officers arrived the suspect had already fled the scene.
Mitchell stated in the report that he and officer Lane proceeded to patrol the area, shining their spotlights trying to locate anyone walking in the area. When they spotted a truck pulling off the roadway and through a gate the officers stopped to make contact with the occupants of the vehicle.
Mitchell and Lane explained to the two men in the truck, Daniel and John Collins, what had happened just up the road from there. According to the report, the men responded by getting belligerent and telling the officers to stop shinning their spotlights on their property.
After trying to explain the situation to the men again, the officers asked the men for identification. According to the report, using profanity, Daniel told the officers he didn't have to show his I.D. card.
Daniel got into his truck and took off, spinning his tires through the field, making his way to his house. Once at the house, Mitchell stated in the report that Daniel started up a chainsaw and ran back toward where he and Officer Lane were standing with John.
Daniel got within 15 feet of the officers waving the running chainsaw in front of himself and over his head. According to the report Daniel was ordered to drop the chainsaw several times, never doing so.
At this time, Officer Hester showed up at the scene. According to the report, Officers Lane and Hester drew their weapons and directed them at Daniel. John told the officers if Daniel got shot he would blow their heads off.
While the other officers held their guns on Daniel, Officer Mitchell tased him. According to the report, Daniel fell to the ground with the chainsaw still in his hands. Once on the ground he proceeded to wave and throttle the chainsaw causing officers to tase him two more times before he cut the taser wires with the chainsaw.
Once the chainsaw was free of his hands, Mitchell and Lane attempted to handcuff Daniel. According to the report Daniel resisted arrest and started fighting with the officers, latching on to Officer Mitchell's leg.
Because Daniel would not let loose of Mitchell's leg and stop resisting, Mitchell drew his baton, striking Daniel in the upper arm, according to the report, a couple of times.
Daniel still would not let loose of Mitchell's leg so Mitchell took another course of action and drive stunned Daniel (tased him directly with the gun, no cartridge). Officers were finally able to take Daniel into custody.
Mitchell stated in his report that while he and Officer Lane were fighting with Daniel, Officer Hester was containing John. He also stated that both suspects smelled of intoxicants.
John and Daniel Collins were both transported to the Sharp County Jail. John was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Charges are still pending on Daniel.