By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As a 10-hour standoff
unfolded in Northeast Knoxville, 6 News talked to one of the first witnesses to call for help Saturday morning. Related story: 10-hour standoff in Knoxville ends in arrest
"It's kind of the craziest thing I've ever seen," said witness Jennifer Dukes.
Dukes was driving on Interstate 40 just before 9 a.m. when someone caught her eye.
"I was on my way to the farmers market and I came right past the Cherry Street exit, and there was a guy standing on the opposite side of the guardrail wearing a cowboy hat, a button down shirt and the button down shirt was open so he was exposing his skin," Dukes said.
At first glance, she thought he was just trying to get some help, but then she noticed a weapon.
"Just to see a guy on the side of the road in a cowboy hat and an unbuttoned shirt with a 2 by 4 and a gun, I think that's what kind of struck me as odd. But I saw him waving it toward traffic, it made me very concerned and very nervous," Dukes said.
Dukes says she was one of the first people to call 911 because she was concerned about what the man was capable of doing.
"After I got back on the interstate I called my husband and said I hope and pray that nobody was shot and that he didn't kill himself," Dukes said.
On her way back from the farmer's market, she ran into traffic as authorities blocked off both lanes of Interstate 40.
"I'm pretty satisfied with how they did everything. I didn't expect it to go as far as it did, I expected it to be some kind of hoax or something, but to see them actually shut down the road and make sure that everybody was safe, that makes me pretty proud of Knoxville," Dukes said.
The suspect, Shane Johnathan Tucker, 25, was arrested just after 7 p.m. after police sent two rounds of tear gas into the home to force him out.