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One arrested on Harcourt Road in Mount Vernon

At approximately 2:22PM deputies responded to the Harcourt Motel after receiving
information that someone with an active warrant was possibly staying in one of the rooms.
When deputies made initial contact with the suspect, he made threats to use force against the
officers and they heard what sounded like him loading a firearm. Deputies backed away and
were able to establish phone contact.

After three hours of negotiations, and the deployment of less lethal munitions, similar
to pepper spray, Forty three year old Travis Ratcliff of Mount Vernon, surrendered and was
taken into custody. Mr. Ratcliff has a warrant from the Adult Parole Authority, and pending
charges for aggravating possession of drugs and aggravated trafficking of drugs.

Deputies transported Ratcliff to the Knox County Jail. The case remains under
investigation. The Mount Vernon Police and Fire Departments provided assistance at the scene.

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