The following is a press release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department:
On the night of Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 10PM Johnson County 911/Dispatch received a request from Paintsville EMS to send an officer in reference to a male subject who had possibly been in an altercation and was covered in blood. Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy J.P. Primm responded. Upon the Deputy’s arrival the subject, Tyler K. Sproose age 21 from Jackson, OH had fled the scene. A search was conducted of the area. Then, Sprouse’s stepmother, Rachael Blair, said she knew where he was. The subject was located walking on the Paintsville Lake Road. The subject was covered in blood from a cut on his wrist he had received earlier. Deputy Primm saw a knife in subject’s right hand and ordered Sproose to drop the knife. He would not comply. He began moving towards the officer. Deputy Primm then deployed his Taser. Sproose dropped the knife and was ordered to get on the ground. He then attempted to get up and fight officers at the scene. Deputy Primm deployed a second Taser cartridge. Sproose was taken into custody, checked by Paintsville EMS and transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center to have stitches put in his wrist. After Sproose was medically cleared, he was charged with Alcohol Intoxication 1st, Wanton Endangerment 1st, and 2 additional counts of Wanton Endangerment (Police Officer) 1st. Sproose was lodged in Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Assisting Deputy Primm at the scene was Paintsville Police Officers Jonathan Holbrook and Zack Stapleton and Paintsville EMS.