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HCSO: Sword-wielding burglar threatened to 'kill everyone' inside house

Jeff Bobo • Nov 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM

BULLS GAP — Police say a  Greeneville man who stole a pickup Sunday shortly after being released from the Greene County Jail broke into the Bulls Gap residence of his estranged wife while holding a sword and threatening to “kill everybody.”

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tony Allen told the Times News that Matthew Doyle Waddell, 35, and a female occupant of that residence are in the process of getting divorced and have been separated for about a year.

“The male homeowner told him (Waddell) he didn’t want him to come into that house, and he dropped the sword and went back outside,” Allen said. “Right around that time is when our officers arrived on the scene.”

Shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, HCSO Deputy Bill Begley responded to a complaint of a man with a sword attempting to break into 138 Woodbine Ave. 

Upon their arrival, Begley and Sgt. Jeremy Nash observed Waddell standing on the front porch.

When the officers ordered Waddell to get on the ground, he reportedly turned and started to run away. Begley hit him in the back with a Taser and was able to take him into custody.

The homeowner stated that Waddell broke open the door and threatened to kill everyone inside. The sword was located by Begley inside the doorway where Waddell had allegedly dropped it.

The deputies learned that the pickup and tools inside it had been reported stolen in Greene County, and that property was returned to the owner.

While walking around the truck, Begley reportedly located a used syringe on the ground which was alleged to have been dropped by Waddell.

Waddell was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Tuesday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond pending arraignment Wednesday in Sessions Court.

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