Sheriff: Wanted felon faces attempted murder charges after firing at deputies

Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A wanted convicted felon is in custody and facing attempted murder charges after Rutherford County deputies say he fired at them Tuesday as they attempted to arrest him on a warrant.

Mason Deforrest, 24, is charged with the attempted murder of two Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly fired several rounds at them before they arrested him, according to Chief Deputy Randy Garrett.

Kenneth Barrett and Nick Coble (Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)
Kenneth Barrett and Nick Coble (Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office)

Deforrest was taken into custody after allegedly shooting at Lt. Kenneth Barrett and Deputy Nick Coble of the Active Crime Enforcement Unit on Old Woodbury Highway near Coleman Road.

“He tried to murder two of our officers and will be charged with two counts of attempted murder along with other multiple related charges,” said Detective Lt. Todd Sparks.

The deputies spotted Deforrest driving on Old Woodbury Highway and followed him because they knew he was wanted for felony violation of community correction, according to the sheriff’s office.

The suspect saw the deputies, parked his car and ran across a field. The deputies drove into the field chasing him.

“As we closed in, he pulled a pistol and leveled it at us and fired numerous shots while running across the field,” Lt. Barrett said.

Deputy Coble said he prepared to defend himself but Deforrest took off running, then tossed the pistol.

“He ran into the edge of my car and fell in front of it,” Deputy Coble said. “He put his hands atop his head and was taken into custody.”

Lt. Barrett said Deforrest allegedly threatened law enforcement officers and state probation and parole officers recently in numerous comments on social media.

“There were pictures of him holding a weapon,” Lt. Barrett said. “The gun located at the scene was identified as the weapon seen on Facebook.”

The pistol was stolen from Maryland. Deputies recovered a knife in his pants pocket.

Deforrest was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he was being held without bond on the violation of community corrections.

The warrant for his arrest stated Deforrest deactivated his GPS tracking system in September and failed to abide by the conditions of release.

Hearings are pending in Circuit Court and General Sessions Court.