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Deputy stabbed taking man into custody

Allen Parker

By Richard Rourk

A man is facing multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder following an altercation at two Unicoi County residences.

Allen Parker, 32, a resident of Kingston, Tennessee, was at a home on Price Road in the Coffee Ridge community on Wednesday, Feb. 2, when he allegedly attacked the residents. 

According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, Parker was visiting the home on Price Road when the incident occurred. 

“The residents said his demeanor changed very quickly and he became combative,” Hensley told The Erwin Record. 

The sheriff said that Parker fled and entered another home on Price Road where he allegedly grabbed a female resident by the neck. 

“Residents were able to force Parker outside,” Hensley said.

Upon police arrival, Parker allegedly immediately began fighting with the deputies.

During the ensuing struggle, Parker reportedly gained possession of Deputy Walter Dolittle’s knife and stabbed the deputy. 

“The gentleman stabbed the deputy in his ballistic vest, which prevented him from being seriously injured by the knife,” Hensley explained.

Another deputy arrived on the scene along with an officer from the Erwin Police Department who had been heading to work. 

“It took multiple officers and agencies to detain the suspect,” Hensley said. “The suspect bit one of the officers on the wrist. I have to thank our deputies, Erwin PD and Unicoi County EMS for their hard work. This could’ve been a lot worse.”

Hensley said that three deputies including Dolittle received minor injuries during the incident. All three were treated at and released from the Unicoi County Hospital and were cleared to return to work.

Parker is being held in Unicoi County Jail and is facing attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, six counts of assault, resisting arrest and vandalism charges.