Lebanon man accused of waving sword at deputies, barricading himself in home

Michael Pruitte; and sword (Courtesy: Wilson County Sheriff's Office)

LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Wilson County deputies arrested a man accused of waving sword toward officers responding to a domestic dispute.

Michael Pruitte is also accused of barricading himself inside a Lebanon home on Phillips Road this past Saturday.

When they arrived, deputies said the 43-year-old was aggressively waving a sword through the front entrance of the home, directing it toward them.

Pruitte then barricaded himself inside a closet, according to officials. While armed with the sword, he is also accused of threatening to burn down the building.

Wilson County’s Special Response Team responded to the scene and took Pruitte into custody after a two-hour standoff.

“We were able to quickly make contact with the victim and move them into a secured area during the standoff,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “We were able to successfully apprehend Mr. Pruitte without any injuries. We train extensively for situations like these and I commend our officers for their quick response in handling the situation appropriately.”

Pruitte is charged with aggravated arson, aggravated assault and domestic assault.

He is currently being held in the Wilson County jail on a bond of $32,000. He is set to appear in court on his various charges on both March 8 and 9 at 9 a.m.