Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 25, 2013

Man returns home to find intruder

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County man found inside another person's home fought with deputies who arrived to place him under arrest and has been charged with breaking into the residence.

Brian Avery Moore, 39, 731 Claysville Rd., is charged with aggravated burglary, felony aggravated assault and vandalism in connection with the incident that occurred Nov. 13 shortly before 3:45 p.m.

Deputies Zach Gilpin and Anthony Justice responded to a residence in the 200 block of Lincolnshire Dr. in Bent Tree Estates, just off Spruce Loop, on a report of a man in the process of burglarizing a residence.

They arrived on the scene and found the home owner, Robert Hawkins, standing in the driveway with a loaded handgun, which the officers secured. The deputies then entered the residence and located the suspect in a bathroom located off the master bedroom.

They found the door locked, and despite identifying themselves and ordering the suspect out, the officers reported they received no response. The door was then kicked open, but the suspect refused to exit the room.

As the door was being kicked open a second time, Moore reportedly jerked the door open and threw a toilet seat at the officers. An attempt to Taser the suspect failed and additional officers arrived on the scene.

Sgt. Butch LeFebvre and Cpl. David Bowman helped open the bathroom door and take the suspect into custody, but not before Moore reportedly punched LeFebvre in the face and kicked Bowman and Justice.

Moore was then transported to the Justice Center for booking. Investigator Jerry Jackson joined the investigation and filed warrants, including a vandalism charge for the destruction of a toilet, couch and carpet.