Police news

A man is in the hospital in after he allegedly stabbed himself and cut his own throat during a gas station meltdown Saturday night, Feb. 11, in Ringgold.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, the incident occurred Saturday about 6:18 p.m. at the Mega Star 4 gas station at the corner of Mt. Pisgah Road and Alabama Highway.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call that a man was trying to cut people with glass and had possibly taken hostages inside the store, reports show.

When deputies arrived, 19-year-old Jacob Elbert Gregory was the only person inside the store.

Witnesses told officers that he'd broken wine bottles and started cutting himself in the throat area.

Deputies carefully entered the store and found Gregory lying floor covered in blood.

"Mr. Gregory was bleeding from his neck," Deputy Coby Cunningham said.

Gregory actually jumped up at deputies multiple times and was tased twice before officers were able to get him safely detained, reports show.

Gregory was taken to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton for medical treatment.

His mother also arrived at the scene and told detectives she hadn't seen her son since the day before.

"She said she dropped him off at a friend's house and that he was fine," Cunningham said.

On Saturday, before the incident, Gregory's mother told police she got a call from one of her son's friends who claimed Gregory had possibly tried cocaine for the first time, and had been acting out of character since.

According to Capt. Chris Lyons, Gregory is still in the hospital and charges could be pending.

"He's in stable condition now," Lyons said. "Apparently the young man just flipped out. We don't know for sure if it was a drug situation, mental health, or both. He was sent to Hamilton in Dalton and later flown to Erlanger in Chattanooga."

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.