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Deputies: Man fires shots during argument with girlfriend

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - A Harrison man is in jail after allegedly firing shots during an argument with his girlfriend and then barricading himself in his home.

Hamilton County deputies responded to Ramsey Road Sunday on a disorder with a weapon. When they got there, they spoke to the victim's girlfriend who told investigators that prior to deputies' arrival, she and her son were asleep when Paul Cantrell woke them up screaming for them to get out. She said he had a small handgun which he shot twice into the room, according to the affidavit of complaint.

"You better get out of here or this is your last chance before I put another bullet in here," Cantrell reportedly said.

Cantrell told deputies he provides for the woman but "she goes out and stays gone." He said he was tired of it and wanted to die, according to the affidavit.

While officers were talking to him, a gun fell out of Cantrell's pocket. Deputies took cover as Cantrell picked it up and retreated into the house. Officers were able to talk him out onto the porch, at which point they tried to tase him but he went back inside before they could.

A friend of Cantrell's called him and was able to talk him into surrendering to deputies.

Investigators could not find the gun. They believe Cantrell hid it before he surrendered.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon. His bond was set at $422,000.

Cantrell has a June 23 court date before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes.
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