|On October 16, 2016 at approximately 3:30 PM, a Kingsport Police Patrol Officer was called to the Holston Valley Medical Center Emergency Room, located at 130 West Ravine Road in Kingsport, in reference to a patient causing a disturbance. Upon arrival, two E.R. personnel and three Holston Valley security guards were standing outside a treatment room occupied by Daniel R. Jennings.
A nurse told the officer that Mr. Jennings had been disruptive and uncooperative, and once she was able to obtain a urine sample he would be discharged. When the nurse entered the room to collect the sample, Mr. Jennings took an aggressive fighting stance, raised both fists, and threatened to assault her. In response, the K.P.D. Patrol Officer entered the room.
Upon seeing the officer, Mr. Jennings turned his aggression toward him, clinched his fists, and began yelling and cursing him with profanity. When the officer attempted to take him into custody for assault, Mr. Jennings resisted, and a struggle ensued. At some point during the struggle, Mr. Jennings was able to gain control of a Taser electrical weapon carried by one of the security guards.
Mr. Jennings began waving the Taser around in a threatening manner in the direction of six different people in the room. The officer and the security guards were eventually able to subdue Mr. Jennings, disarm him of the Taser, and place him in handcuffs.
Mr. Jennings was arrested for six counts of Aggravated Assault and Resisting Arrest. He was discharged from the hospital, transported to the Kingsport City Jail for processing, and then forwarded to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville for confinement pending arraignment.