Man talked down from bridge; taken to hospital

Sep. 18, 2013 @ 05:26 AM

A 42-year-old Cove Road man was taken to Rutherford Regional Medical Center for evaluation Monday evening after an incident on Painter's Gap Road.

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis said Robbie Dean Powell was having psychiatric problems at about 5 p.m. when he notified 911.

Powell said he had chained himself to a bridge on Painter's Gap Road in the Whitehouse Community and was threatening to jump. Painter's Gap Road runs in front of Pinnacle Elementary School toward Whitehouse.

Sheriff's officers arrived on the scene immediately and for nearly 60 minutes, the officers and rescue personnel remained with him.

"They were able to talk him down," Francis said as negotiators were called to the scene. 

Powell was transported immediately to the hospital for evaluation.

Francis said it was discovered later Powell was a person of interest in a stabbing incident earlier in the day in Cleveland County.

Charges have not been filed, Francis said, but charges could include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury

The woman who was stabbed is apparently Powell's girlfriend. 

In addition to sheriff's officers, other emergency personnel from Rutherford County EMS, rescue and numerous firefighters in the surrounding areas were called to the scene. Rescue equipment was also requested.

Road blocks were set up diverting all traffic away Painter's Gap Road. 

Roads were also closed coming out of McDowell County in the area, but at about 6 p.m. the roads reopened.