Man armed with rifle arrested after brief stand-off with Kingsport Police

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – One person is in custody after Kingsport police were called to reports of an armed individual in downtown Thursday afternoon.

According to a KPD news release, a man — later identified as Larry Castle, 69, 1141 E. Center St. — called a non-emergency administrative line to Kingsport Central Dispatch around 4 p.m. and made threats to kill an individual who reportedly owed him money.

The call came from Castle’s home and officers responded to the scene, where they made contact with Castle who was armed with a rifle.

Castle ordered a police officer off of his property and went back inside the home.

According to the release, additional police officers were called to the scene to secure the area and to protect neighbors and bystanders.

A stand-off between Castle and police lasted around 20 minutes, when Castle came out onto the front porch of his home.

Castle refused to comply with officers’ instructions and a Taser was used to arrest him.

He was taken to Holston Valley Medical Center to have Taser prongs removed, but he remained at the hospital under observation for pre-existing medical issues.

Castle faces an aggravated assault charge, with additional charges pending.

When released from the hospital, he will be taken to the Kingsport City Jail, where he will remain pending his arraignment.

According to the release, Castle’s motive remains under investigation.

Kingsport police public information officer Tom Patton confirmed that no injuries were reported in the incident.


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