Joseph D. Hale

Joseph D. Hale

A man who allegedly fired a gun at a Greeneville police officer Thursday following a traffic stop had a first court appearance Friday morning.

Joseph Dale Hale, 29, of 1046 Kingsport Highway, was taken into custody shortly after 5:35 p.m. Thursday in the area of Poor Farm Road, a sheriff’s department report said.

Hale was apprehended after a search lasting more than four hours involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

“The suspect is in in custody. No injuries to anyone,” Greeneville police Assistant Chief Michael Crum said Thursday.

Hale was taken into custody and served numerous active warrants for previous alleged offenses. He had a first appearance scheduled Friday morning in General Sessions Court.

Charges filed against Hale in connection with the incident Thursday were not immediately available.

The search for Hale began shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday in the area where North Main Street intersects with Baileyton Road and Bohannon Avenue.

Crum said an officer conducted a traffic stop involving Hale early Thursday afternoon.

“Earlier today, we had a traffic stop that led to a male running on foot,” Crum said. “When the officer pursued him, shots were fired by the suspect. No shots were returned by the officer.”

The officer was not injured, Crum said.

Authorities began searching for Hale using K-9 units. Greeneville police were joined by multiple other agencies. A command post was established in the parking lot at the Chasan Industrial Complex on Snapps Ferry Road. A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter could be seen flying overhead.

“We’ve got quite a manhunt going on,” Crum said around 4 p.m. Thursday. “Local, state and federal agencies are helping us right now.”

A sheriff’s department report said that Hale’s cellphone was pinged, placing him in the Old Stage Road and Bolton Road area.

Hale had a number of outstanding arrest warrants for alleged crimes including two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft of property, which were filed on Tuesday.

Hale also had several failure to appear in court warrants for other theft-related charges filed on May 31 and in June.

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