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Athens women tackle man with gun; hold him for police

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — An Athens man who allegedly entered a home with a gun and exclaimed, "Now say something (expletive)," found himself tackled and pinned down on a couch by women, Athens police Sgt. Jason White said.

Capt. Marty Bruce identified the man as Anthony Jerome Smith, 51, of 901 E. Strain St.

White said Smith allegedly walked into a house in the 18000 block of North Jefferson Street on Saturday afternoon with his hand on a Hi-Point 9 mm he had stashed in the pocket of his coveralls.

"Smith was drunk and mad over some work he had done," White said. "A man who was inside the house when Smith entered took off running out the back door, but the two women inside tackled Smith to the couch and held him there until police officers arrived."

The women, ages 26 and 29, kept Smith from pulling the gun from his pocket.

White said officer Wesley Jarrett arrived and held Smith down until officer Perry Gooch arrived to help.

"They were attempting to disarm him, and he didn't want to let go of the gun," White said. "He finally let go, and when he did, it went down his coveralls and fell down his pants leg."

Police charged Smith with first-degree burglary, reckless endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Limestone County Sheriff's Department records indicate Smith has had previous arrests for felony driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

Smith was in the county jail Monday in lieu of $13,000 bond.

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