Prisoner who escaped custody and got a firearm surrenders to authorities in Tennessee

Jason Copley, 44, escaped from Morgan County Correctional Facility when he walked away from a business detail, Correctional Department said.
The Tennessee Department of Corrections called the Tennessee Highway Patrol Saturday night to ask for help locating him, then the Highway Patrol called Knoxville Police, on suspicion Copley was in the Knoxville area, according to the Knoxville Police. Police said Copley’s last listed address was in Knoxville.
Police said Copley was eventually located at a home on Woodrow Drive in Knoxville. While law enforcement officials attempted to contact people in the home, Correctional Department officers reported hearing gunshots inside. Knoxville Police said on Twitter The man was “known to be armed”.

At about 3 a.m. Sunday, Knoxville Police Crisis negotiators were called to the scene to speak with Copley. Police said that after about three hours of negotiations, Copley agreed to surrender peacefully, walked out of the house, and was taken into custody around 6:45 a.m. No injuries have been reported.

Copley was sentenced in 2018 to 8 years in prison for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to prison records.
The Morgan County Correctional Facility is located approximately 35 miles west and northwest of Knoxville. The facility can house up to 2,441 inmates and is designed as a medium security prison, with 120 beds for maximum security. The facility also includes community service crews, which “provide thousands of hours of work for local governments and nonprofits each year,” its website says.


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