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Rogersville shooting convict throws beer can at deputies serving parole violation

Jeff Bobo • Feb 8, 2020 at 3:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man facing a parole violation from a 2010 Rogersville drive-by shooting conviction allegedly threw a beer can at the deputies who showed up to arrest him Monday.

Officers also had to use a Taser on Marcus Antonio Curry, 37, 914 Old Route 70S, Rogersville, who allegedly resisted the deputies and refused to go back to jail peacefully.

Curry was sentenced to 15 years in 2010 after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with a March 20, 2010 drive-by shooting at Swift Park over a cocaine debt that Curry owed.

Around 3 p.m. Monday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Greg Larkin and Deputy Bryan Sanders attempted to serve a probation violation warrant on Curry at his home.

After the deputies knocked on the door and spoke to a neighbor, a female opened an upstairs window and stated that Curry was inside but wouldn’t let her open the door.

Larkin and Sanders then forced entry into the residence.

“A black male came to the top of the stairs and threw a 24 ounce beer can, striking Lt. Larkin,” Sanders stated in his report. “(The suspect) then started yelling and being extremely irate and uncooperative.”

Curry reportedly refused commands to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back. The deputies reportedly had to take Curry to the ground, but he refused to put his hands behind his back.

Sanders stated in his report that even after Curry received a five-second cycle from a Taser, he continued to resist.

“Curry was still refusing to give us his hands, but with detraction strikes to his head and rib area, we were able to gain compliance and place Curry in handcuffs,” Sanders stated in his report.

Aside from the initial parole violation warrant, Curry was additionally charged with resisting arrest and assault on an officer. He was being held without bond in the Hawkins County Jail with arraignment on the new charges set for Monday in Sessions Court.

Curry was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder in 2010 for firing six shots from a .22-caliber pistol from his car at a man who was playing basketball at Swift Park.

All six shots missed their intended victim, as well as all bystanders in the crowded park that evening.

Police say Curry and the intended victim had argued earlier at the park over a cocaine debt owed by Curry.

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