Two Gibson County firefighters had a gun pulled on them after responding to a two car wreck in Kenton Saturday afternoon, police said.
Gibson County Fire Chief Bryan Cathey said a station chief was the first to respond to the wreck near Baseline Road and Morilla Road. The chief checked on a woman in a vehicle that had rolled over to make sure she wasn’t trapped inside.
Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas said when the chief went to check on the people in the second vehicle, a witness stopped him and pointed out a bag of drugs in the road.
Cathey said when the chief went toward the bag of drugs, a man got out of the second car and hit the chief in the head with a pistol. The man has been identified as Jerry Yarbrough, 49.
Yarbrough aimed the gun at the chief and was screaming at him when a second fire department official arrived at the wreck, Cathey said. The second person is an assistant Gibson County fire chief.
The man was convinced to put the gun down and was taken into custody.
Yarbrough is charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
A bond had not been set Saturday afternoon.
The chief who was hit has been treated and released from a local hospital with minor injuries.