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Man runs with BB gun, jailed
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A man who ran from police with a BB gun the day before his birthday has been given six months in jail.
The man, Kyle L. Melson, now 29, was sentenced by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve six months for resisting stop. The sentence comes after Melson was also found to be in violation of probation. His jail time for resisting will be served concurrently (at the same time) with his term for violation of probation.
Melson was arrested after police were dispatched to the vicinity of East End Church of Christ on Sparta Street to investigate reports of an armed person.
“When I arrived I saw a male run behind the church storage shed,” said McMinnville police officer Eddie Colwell. “He threw some items down and began running.”
Colwell said he yelled at the suspect to stop and identified himself as a police officer. However, Melson refused and had to be chased down by the patrolman. He was caught after a chase of about 200 yards.
After his arrest, Colwell went back to see what Melson had thrown down behind the shed.
“The gun in question was a BB gun,” Colwell said
Melson, who lives near the church on Edison Street, did not reveal why he was walking around with the BB gun or why he ran from police.