Bedford County man accused of assaulting officer during January 6 capitol breach

Posted at 11:38 AM, Aug 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 18:42:21-04

UNIONVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man from Bedford County has been accused of assaulting law enforcement in Washington D.C. during the January 6 Capitol breach.

According to federal documents, 27-year-old Ronald Colton McAbee, of Unionville, was arrested on Tuesday on charges related to the insurrection. Investigators say body-worn cameras show him joining the attack against police officers in Washington, DC.

Video and photos from the attack on the Capitol show McAbee wearing a vest labeled "sheriff." He worked as a detention deputy for the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.

He started in late November and was still in training in January. He worked there until late March.

McAbee made his first court appearance in the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville later that day.

He has been indicted on the following charges:

  • Assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers inflicting bodily injury and aiding and abetting
  • Assaulting resisting or impeding certain officers
  • Entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon
  • Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon

Since the insurrection, more than 570 people have been arrested in connection to the breach and at least 170 of them have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. Sixteen Tennesseans are among those arrested.