MAN ARRESTED AFTER STANDOFF WITH DEPUTIES
Crossville, TN – Deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a suicidal man Monday evening at approximately 5:56 pm to a residence located at 330 Muddy Branch Lane. Deputy Ray Seiber arrived on the scene and observed a man sitting on the front porch of the residence with a gun to his head threatening to kill himself. Deputies set up a perimeter and began negotiating with Jesse Spivey, age 54, to put the weapon down and surrender to law enforcement. Sgt. Rick Lanzilotta contacted dispatch to have EMS stage near the scene and put a helicopter on standby in the event that medical attention was necessary. Crossville Police Department also responded to the scene to assist with maintaining control of the scene. Deputy Seiber continued to negotiate with Mr. Spivey as he sat on the front porch of his residence with the gun to his head. At one point Mr. Spivey attempted to light a cigarette while the gun was in his hand and the firearm discharged but no one was injured. During the negotiation, Mr. Spivey agreed to surrender if he could speak to individuals on the phone. Mr. Spivey then put the weapon inside the house and sat down on the porch and was taken into custody without any further incident.
Mr. Spivey was transported by EMS to Cumberland Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. Charges are pending on Mr. Spivey for incidents that took place before and during the standoff.
Sgt. Gary Howard
Public Information Officer