- Written by Steve Frank
One of the two cousins who attacked an Avery detective and fled in his truck after taking his weapon fought with Calhoun Georgia lawmen before being captured early yesterday morning. At about 4:25am, the pair were reported acting suspiciously at a convenience store trying to sell an assault rifle they found in the Avery County Sheriffs Office gray Dodge pickup when the two were confronted by lawmen there. Phillip Metcalf taken into custody at the truck after it was determined it was stolen from North Carolina. But Calvin Metcalf, still at the store, struggled with an officer in the store, then bolted back to the truck where the assault rifle was, jumped into the passenger side and while struggling with an officer, managed to start and back up the truck. But one of the officers managed to jam the truck out of gear while the other pepper sprayed Calvin Metcalf in the face, then cuffed him. Both were taken to the Gordon County jail where they now face charges from Georgia, Avery County, escape, and other counts are possible due to the interstate flight. Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye said that the detective had taken the two break-in suspects from the Mitchell County Jail to an area near Mullen Hill Road and Three Mile Highway where they were showing places they had broken into when one of the suspects jumped the deputy, hit him, then took his service weapon. The two escaped in the Avery County pickup with a camper top at about 3:45 Tuesday afternoon. Cousins Calvin and Phillip Metcalf, 20 and 25 years old respectively, were identified as the suspects. Calvin Lee Metcalf lists a Bakersville address, Phillip Nicholas Metcalf lists Spruce Pine as his address. The detectives service weapon and an AR15 assault rifle were recovered in the truck, which stored for Avery County.