BLAINE TN July 19 2012 - A Grainger County doctor was held at knifepoint Tuesday by a man in a doctor’s office.
Grainger County sheriff’s deputies and Blaine police ended the hostage situation when they busted down the door and subdued the suspect.
Grainger County sheriff’s deputies say Vern Evart Long, 34, of Morristown, entered the Blaine Medical Center at 11:00 a.m. and barricaded himself with Dr. John Neece, 55, in an exam room.
They say Long threatened to kill the doctor and cut his own throat.
The doctor received superficial injuries. Long was taken to Tennova Medical Center and then to UT Medical Center for treatment.
Long is likely to face a long list of charges, including especially aggravated assault, kidnapping and vandalism.
Blaine Police Chief Jamie Winstead said Long has a history of violence.
Officials have not said what started the incident.
Sheriff Scott Layel says authorities are seeking to enter Long into a mental health facility