GREENE COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) — Jacob McAmis, the Chuckey-Doak High School student who was accused of assaulting the school’s principal and fleeing from police in Afton, TN, committed suicide Monday, according to authorities.

Officials were alerted to a student who was reportedly in possession of drugs and a gun around 11 a.m. Monday. Authorities said 18-year-old “Jake” McAmis assaulted the school‘s principal when confronted and left the school in his vehicle. A pursuit ensued but was stopped, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

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Around 12:20 p.m., a second attempt to apprehend McAmis was made but he was able to evade apprehension again. At 4:44 p.m., police said McAmis may have been involved in the setting of a structure fire on Old Cemetery Road. That led to a third pursuit around 5:12 p.m. Authorities said McAmis led officers on a chase on Asheville Highway toward North Carolina. The pursuit ended near 10520 Asheville Highway when McAmis committed suicide, according to police. source

A joint investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation remains ongoing.

Sheriff Holt issued the following statement in a news release:

This certainly is a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the students and staff at Chuckey-Doak High School.

Anyone with possible information on the incident should contact police at 911.

Greene County is a county located on the eastern border of the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 68,831. Its county seat is Greeneville, and the current county mayor is David Loy Crum. Greene County comprises the Greeneville, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area.Wikipedia

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