Man Who fired Shots At Police In Greene County Sentenced
A man who fired shots at police in Greeneville in an effort to elude is now facing a long stretch of time in prison. You might recall this case from October of 2021. 31 year old Joseph Hale of Greeneville was being housed in the Greene County Detention Center. With the help of a fellow inmate, Hale, obtained a set of trustee clothes then used a ruse to be removed from his cell to a shower area, where he then changed into the trustee clothes. He was then able to get access through two security doors and gained access to an unsecured area of the jail. Once outside, he stole a vehicle and fled from the jail. When officers attempted to stop that vehicle, Hale exited the vehicle and fired three rounds at officers before then fleeing into nearby woods. Local, state, and federal law enforcement officers assisted in a search for Hale, who was located and apprehended later that day. Law enforcement recovered the firearm he used to shoot at the police officers, which contained ammunition that matched casings found at the scene of the shooting. Hale later plead guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and escape from custody while confined for a felony offense. On Thursday, A US District Judge in Greeneville sentenced Hale to spend the next 300 months in prison.