Man Who Fired at Deputy Apprehended in Anderson County

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A 51-year-old man who fired at least one gunshot at a Knox County deputy during a traffic stop Monday morning was captured in Anderson County Monday evening, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Floyd Allen Dalton Jr. was taken into custody without incident, along with an accomplice who participated in the events, the sheriff’s office said. Dalton abandoned his vehicle after firing at the deputy during an attempted traffic stop for reckless driving on Dry Gap Pike around 11:15 a.m. and fled on foot. The deputy was not injured.

Dalton, who was armed, is described as a white male between 30 and 40 years old. He was last seen wearing a red sleeveless shirt and a light-colored baseball cap. The sheriff’s office deployed a helicopter and K-9 unit to aid in the search.

Dalton had outstanding warrants and will face additional charges in connection with Monday’s events, the sheriff’s office said. Two nearby elementary schools, Norwood Elementary and West Haven Elementary, were temporarily placed on lockdown during the search.

Dalton’s accomplice will also be identified and charged, the sheriff’s office said.

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