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Suspect Who Threatened Rutherford Sheriff Arrested

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CELINA, Tenn. - The man accused of making death threats against the Rutherford County sheriff has been taken into custody two hours away.

David Goad was arrested on a criminal warrant in Clay County Tuesday. The former Murfreesboro attorney was accused of making threats against Sheriff Robert Arnold.

The circumstances leading to the arrest were not available. 

Officials said Goad called 911 dispatchers several times over the weekend. According the police report, Goad made indirect statements regarding religion, weapons of mass destruction and even the sheriff.

Dispatchers said Goad told them to, "Tell [the sheriff] to duck. Yeah, tell him to duck. I know where he lives."

Murfreesboro Police spokesperson Kyle Evans said Goad has a number of prior arrests on several charges over the years, including aggravated assault and one incident when the SWAT team had to be called out.

Police took the latest threats seriously based on Goad's history.

Sheriff Arnold said he did not know Goad or why he might have targeted him.

"I don't know many sheriffs who have not had death threats," said Sheriff Arnold. "It's almost part of the job."

Officials in Clay County planned to return Goad to Rutherford County to face a charge of harassment. He was expected to make bond and be released, though additional charges may be pending.

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