Police: Man threatens 4 lives with gun

Published 9:23 am Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A Carter County man faces multiple felony charges after police say he brandished a gun and threatened to kill four people over the weekend.
Police arrested Cecil Allen Reece, 41, 129 Slagle Road, Elizabethton, Friday afternoon and charged him with three counts of aggravated assault under domestic violence and one count of aggravated assault.
On Friday afternoon, officers of the Elizabethton Police Department went to a home on Cherry Street after someone called 911 and reported an armed man had threatened several people at the home.
When police arrived, the man who lives at the home told officers his brother, identified as Reece, came to his home and started an argument regarding a family matter.
During the argument, the man said Reece pulled out a pistol and said he would shoot everyone in the home, EPD Officer Scott Whitmire said. The man then called 911 and Reece fled the home in a red four-door Suzuki car, Whitmire added.
A short time later, officers were sent to a home in the 800 block of Jackson Avenue on a report of a red Suzuki that had been abandoned on private property. The vehicle was towed at the request of the property owner, but officers learned the vehicle is registered to Reece, Whitmire said.
Officers then began searching the area for him.
“While trying to find Cecil Reece, Sgt. (Shane) Darling was able to speak with Cecil Reece via phone, and Cecil made the statement he didn’t own a pistol, but Sgt. Darling said nothing about a pistol to Reece,” Whitmire said. “Also, officers had located a comment on Cecil Reece’s Facebook account which had a picture of a black semi-automatic pistol with the comment posted ‘I love my pistol.’”
While on the phone with Darling, Reece agreed to meet officers at his home to speak with them, where they placed Reece into custody.
Reece was taken to the Carter County Detention Center, where he was later released after posting a $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on August. 10.

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