Man taken ‘kicking and screaming’ to jail, deputies say

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Thomas Mitchell/Knox County Sheriff's Department

GRAY, Ky. (WTVQ) – When children don’t wat to do something, their parents sometimes will say they had to drag them ‘kicking and screaming.’

The phrase may apply to a Knox County man.

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At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith and Deputy Sam Mullins went to a residence on Drummons Lane in the Hazel Fork community of Gray to serve warrants on and speak to 50-year-old Thomas Dewayne Mitchell about his dogs killing his neighbor’s chickens, according to WRIL radio.

Once on the scene, Mitchell refused to come to the door of the home, but a short time later a child exited the residence and Mitchell shut the door back. A woman in the home advised the officers that Mitchell would not let her and the child leave the residence, the radio station reported

The deputies were let in the home and began searching for Mitchell, who they found hiding in a closet under blankets.

When they tried to pull him out and put cuffs on him, Mitchell would not comply with orders. He struck Deputy Abner in the arm and Deputy Smith was stuck in the chest, according to WRIL.

At about 1 p.m., Mitchell was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, assault 3rd degree – police officer or probation officer, menacing, unlawful imprisonment, harboring a vicious animal, wanton endangerment – 2nd degree, and five failure to appear warrants.