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Man holds deputies in armed standoff
Anthony Lynn Francis is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault.

A Centertown man faces felony assault charges after he pulled a gun on another man and then held deputies on an hour-long armed standoff.
The suspect, Anthony Lynn Francis, 21, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, which carries three to six years in prison.
His charges come after an incident at his Mullican Road home Sunday afternoon. According to sheriff’s deputy Ben Cannon, Joseph Sullivan and Melissa Baker stated they came to his house to help with a vehicle. However, when they arrived, Francis allegedly stormed out of the house and told Sullivan to get out of the car.
“He (Francis) pulled a handgun from his waistband,” Cannon said. “Joseph (Sullivan) grabbed Anthony and took him to the ground. A neighbor ran over to help and told Anthony to drop the gun.”
Francis allegedly made a threat during the altercation, telling Sullivan “you’ll die today” before running back into his house to get another gun. He dropped his first gun during the altercation.
Deputies arrived and tried to get Francis to step outside his home. When he wouldn’t come out, deputies went in and found he was hiding in the back of the residence.
“Anthony told deputies one of them would not be going home tonight,” Cannon said of the threat issued to Francis.
After an hour of back-and-forth conversation with the barricaded suspect, deputies were able to get close enough to hit him with a taser. They found a loaded handgun in his waistband.
He was sent for mental evaluation prior to being booked at the jail.