Rock Springs Man Surrenders After Standoff
A Rock Springs man wanted in Tennessee was arrested after a standoff with sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night.
Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell said that James Earl Jackson, 29, is wanted by authorities in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, for stealing a truck.
Since May of this year, detectives with the Sheriff’s Office have been after Jackson’s girlfriend, 30-year-old Jamie Lee Dodd, for probation violation on an original charge of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
She was believed to have left the state with Jackson and was tracked to Kentucky, where she was caught and brought back to the Sweetwater County jail on July 23.
While the pair was in Kentucky, Jackson was arrested for DWUI, posted bond, then disappeared. He's still wanted in Kentucky for failure to appear on the DWUI, but he can't be extradited from Wyoming for that.
Investigators say a video camera recorded Jackson stealing a truck in Tennessee last month.
On Tuesday afternoon, detectives heard that Jackson was at a home on Gannett Drive north of Rock Springs where it was known guns were kept. After a two-hour surveillance, during which no one was seen coming or going, additional officers started showing up.
For several hours, detectives tried to call Jackson inside the residence by telephone to try to get him to give up, but he wouldn't answer the calls. They also used a bullhorn and got no answer from Jackson.
At about 10:15 PM, flash- bang diversion grenades were set off the joint Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office – Green River Police Department tactical team. The home's door opened, and Jackson came out with his hands in the air. He was arrested and taken to the Sweetwater County jail..
Lowell said no one was injured in the standoff. Jackson is still in jail waiting to be sent to Tennessee.