Man injured during arrest in Blount County dies

Anthony Michael Edwards, 25, of Sevierville (Photo: Sevier County Sheriff's Office)

MARYVILLE (WATE) – A man died from injuries sustained during an arrest early Monday morning.

Anthony Michael Edwards, 25, of Sevierville was seriously injured when a Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputy tried to restrain him and he hit his head on the pavement. Edwards was listed in critical condition, but Wednesday University of Tennessee Medical Center confirmed he had died.

The incident happened shortly before 1:00 a.m. Monday on Doc Norton Road. Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berron said Deputy Jerry Burns was looking into a suspicious person call.

Sheriff Berron said Deputy Burns saw two men and stopped to talk to them. Burns said Edwards lied about his name and date of birth and when he tried to pat him down, he ran.

After a struggle, Burns said he tried to tase Edwards, but was unsuccessful. Finally, Burns was able to take Edward into custody, but when he walked him to his patrol car, Burns said Edwards continued to fight him, kicking another deputy in the groin.

Deputy Burns said he managed to get Edwards to the ground, but he hit his head on the pavement. Deputies noticed Edwards had labored breathing and called Rural/Metro.

It was later determined Edwards was wanted on a warrant for violation of probation on charges of domestic violence and vandalism out of Sevier County. The sheriff’s office said the second man with Edwards immediately complied with Deputy Burns’ instructions and was not injured during the incident.

The sheriff’s office said they are investigating the incident.

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