Man who fought with officer who died being held in Roane

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By The Staff

A man who allegedly fought with a Wartburg police officer before the officer died is being held at the Roane County Jail.

According to the Morgan County News, Eddie Dean Patterson is charged with aggravated assault for fighting with Wartburg Police Capt. Ralph Braden on April 22.

Braden died on May 2 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.  

The Morgan County News said District Attorney General Russell Johnson was weighing the evidence and planned to make a presentation to the Morgan County Grand Jury later this month.

Records show that Patterson, 30, was brought to the Roane County Jail the day after Braden died.

“We’re housing him for Morgan County,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “Just to get him out of that environment.”  

Stockton said he and Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle attended a meeting in Morgan County to discuss details about Braden’s funeral.


A man who allegedly threatened to shoot police was tased twice on May 4.

According to a sheriff’s office incident report, county units were dispatched to backup Rockwood police because a man, identified as Robert M. Ford, was allegedly harassing some homeowners.

“Central dispatch stated that Mr. Ford was driving a gold 2500 Silverado and was armed with a pistol, and had made threats that he was going to shoot some people and he would shoot law enforcement if he was stopped,” the report said. “A vehicle matching the description was located at 113 Trinity Ave.”

Officers reportedly observed Ford get out of his vehicle and walk into the middle of the road. The report said he was unruly and disobeyed commands when confronted by officers.

“He was then tased to gain compliance,” the report said, “and while he was on the ground, he rolled over on his stomach with his hands beneath his chest.”

The report said Ford continued to disobey commands.

“He was tased a second time and compliance was granted,” the report said.

While searching the vehicle, officers reportedly found a 9 mm pistol, shotgun and a pair of brass knuckles.

“Furthermore, several calls and text messages stating he would shoot law enforcement were observed on the victim’s phone,” the report said.

Ford, 22, was charged with possession of switchblade/knuckles, harassment and resisting arrest.


Rockwood police arrested a man on May 3 for allegedly striking the mother of his child with a metal candlestick holder.

“Victim did have a lot of blood on her neck, face, head area,” the police report said. “She was struck with the weapon on the back of her head, causing a laceration.”

The report said the alleged perpetrator, Brent A. Odell, ran from the scene shortly before police arrived.

“Another Rockwood officer was on patrol and spotted Brent A. Odell walking approximately five blocks away,” the report said. “Officer smelled an alcoholic beverage on Odell’s breath.”

Odell, 32, was charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication.


Rockwood police said a woman got unruly with them on May 2 after she was confronted about not taking care of her kids.

Police responded to 158 Evans Heights after an anonymous caller reported children in an apartment there were living in filth.

The caller said the children were not being bathed and had feet so dirty that the bottoms were black.

“I observed the children to be dirty,” the responding officer wrote in his report. “One was only wearing a diaper. Hair was not combed or clean. I was allowed inside the apartment to look around and see the conditions. The apartment was dirty.”

The report said the mother, Christina Nice, got upset when the officer informed her that he planned to refer the matter to the Department of Children’s Services.

“She used profanity toward officers and in front of the children,” the report said.

Nice, 33, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


A husband and wife were arrested on April 30 after a family fight that involved a gun, concrete block and biting.

According to a sheriff’s office incident report, Randy Colyer and his wife Amy went to his brother’s house armed with a .22 caliber pistol.

“Randy confronted his nephew about a bicycle that was supposed to have been stolen,” the report said. “The confrontation awakened Samuel G. Colyer and a fight over the gun ensued. Samuel G. Colyer took the gun away from Randy, unloaded it and gave it back to Randy.”

The report said Amy Colyer fought with and bit another resident in the home.

“At some point Randy picked up a concrete block and struck Samuel G. Colyer several times to the leg,” the report said.

Randy fired two shots as he and Amy was leaving the scene, according to the report.

The report also said Randy got combative when confronted by officers and had to be tased.

“The pistol that Randy fired was discovered hidden in an old washing machine,” the report said.

Randy Colyer was charged with assault, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Amy Colyer was charged with assault and criminal trespassing.