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‘Belligerent’ driver pulls knife on cops

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When Thomas Comer ran a stop sign, he set a chain of events into motion that would eventually land him in jail last Thursday morning. 

According to the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies attempted to pull Comer over after he failed to stop at the corner of Simmons and Wilkinsville roads, but Comer also failed to stop for police. 

Reports indicate Comer, 54, was driving the Buick Regal in the opposite lane of traffic until he stopped in a driveway in the 200 block of Meadowview Road, sped up, spun around and backed into a garage. 

It seems like a typical bad guy move in the movies, but in real life Comer’s brazen moves didn’t end in a getaway. 

As deputies began to approach him, Comer revved the engine but then complied with the deputies’ request to turn the vehicle off. 

When he got out of the car, he had a knife in his hand. 

He eventually put it away, only to fight with deputies when they tried to arrest him.  

Sheriff Pancho Chumley said this is the threat deputies face in the field every day. 

 “We never know what reaction we may be faced with for a simple traffic violation,” he said. “During the struggle, the Taser was deployed, however Comer continued to assault the deputy until he was taken into custody at the scene.” 

Chumley described Comer’s erratic behavior as “hostile, belligerent and then docile.” He was held for an evaluation and remains in custody pending arraignment. 



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