Man faces assault charge following altercation involving revolver

Published 5:48 pm Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Johnson City man faces a felony charge after police say he brandished a gun and assaulted another man.

Officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Harrison, 45, of 1422 Cherokee Road, Johnson City, and charged him with aggravated assault.

According to court documents, the charges against Harrison stem from an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office into a report of an altercation between two males that involved a firearm.

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“The caller, John Allen Minutolo Jr., stated he was assaulted by Kenneth Shane Harrison and had followed him to Sunshine Market at 1033 Bristol Highway before being advised by dispatch to stop,” CCSO Deputy Christopher Peek said in the affidavit of complaint against Harrison.

Peek responded to speak with Minutolo while other officers located the vehicle driven by Harrison and stopped it.

According to the court documents, Minutolo told officers Harrison came to his apartment, pointed a revolver at him and then hit him in the head with the weapon. Peek noted when he spoke with Minutolo that the man had a laceration to the left side of the back of his head where he said Harrison had struck him with the revolver.

“Sgt. (Mark) McClain and Deputy (Paul) Morrell found a black revolver in Mr. Harrison’s vehicle that had hair on the weapon consistent with wounds suffered by Mr. Minutolo,” Peek said.

Officers arrested Harrison and transported him to the Carter County Detention Center.

Harrison appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Wednesday for arraignment. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Harrison and scheduled him to return to court on May 2. Bowers also ordered Harrison to have no contact with Minutolo.