Sevier County Man Faces Trial for Deputy's Panic Attack

In the first case of its kind in Tennessee, a Sevier County man will stand trial Wednesday on charges he caused a deputy’s panic attack, Knoxnews reports. Brian Mullinax was unarmed and facedown on the ground several yards from the law enforcement officer during an incident in December 2016, for which he now faces assault charges. The officer, former Sevier County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin M. Johnson, fired his gun in Mullinax's neighborhood minutes before the panic attack allegedly occurred. Johnson was forced to resign earlier this year after an investigation uncovered the details of his past firing from a police agency for fanning his gun over the head of an officer, lying to his chief, hitting his wife and threatening his mistress.
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