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Eight-hour standoff in Anderson County ends peacefully

The Knoxville News-Sentinel • Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM

(MCT) – A 50-year-old Oliver Springs area man was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly fired gunshots at his renters and then held law enforcement officers at bay during an eight-hour standoff.

A SWAT team was on the verge of deploying tear gas when Gregory Allen Denton finally surrendered, according to Anderson County Sheriff Paul White.

Denton, a resident of Batley Road, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and remained in the Anderson County Jail late Wednesday afternoon without bond pending arraignment.

The incident began about 3 a.m. Wednesday when deputies responded to a report of shots fired at a Batley Road residence.

The sheriff said responding officers learned that Denton "had assaulted and threatened his renters with a handgun."

While he shot at both Benjamin Emory, 47, inside the residence and at Emory's girlfriend, 45-year-old Angela Badgett, as she fled the home, neither was hit.

Emory was slightly injured during the encounter and was found on the residence's rear porch, where deputies located him and took him to safety.

Denton refused to come to the door, so deputies secured the scene and called for the tactical team. Despite numerous attempts to contact him, Denton failed to respond. There were reports that the suspect had numerous weapons in the house, including long guns.

Members of the Oak Ridge Police Department's SWAT team helped in the standoff, which ended late Wednesday morning.

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