DOVER, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say a man wielding an ax walked into a courthouse and made his way to a judge’s chambers before being seen and arrested.
News outlets report 46-year-old Michael Dupont was charged last week with trespassing, possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct and drug possession with intent to manufacture or sell.
Stewart County Chief Deputy Dale Ward says Dupont walked into the county courthouse through a side door that led to the basement where the offices are located.
Ward says Dupont was carrying a brush hook ax, which is a gardening tool.
Sheriff Frankie Gray says Dupont was also carrying different kinds of drugs and appeared to be on “something.”
Gray says authorities found Dupont sitting behind a judge’s desk.
It’s unclear whether Dupont has an attorney.