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May 14, 2014

Anderson cop disciplined after Hancher standoff

SWAT incident ended safely April 2



Witnesses said the officers scuffled on the front porch.

“At a certain point, (Hancher) was standing there in between them as all of it was happening and didn’t know what to do. They ended up cuffing him, but Joe was furious,” Garland said.

“There were legs and fists going at it,” she said. “At that one point – no one was in control. They were stepping on each other’s toes, literally.”

Hancher said his foot was “stomped” on, his left thumb was “about tore off” his left hand and his right foot was still "messed up" from the porch scuffle.

“But I ain’t going to complain about it,” he said.

When asked if the officers were fighting, Hancher said he was unsure of some of the details, but he said he knows what happened to his friend.

“As far as I know Joe got pushed clear off the porch and it is about a 2-foot drop from the porch to the ground,” he said. “My lawyer told me Joe is in big trouble with the city police department cause of his actions.

“Said something about he didn’t have no bullet-proof vest on, wasn’t carrying no firearm – nothing.”

Crenshaw said the situation at the Hancher scene was rapidly evolving and stressful.

“I was there, I know what happened,” Crenshaw said. “We were in close quarters, it was raining, we couldn’t hear him, there was a lot of things going on there and it’s not always so easy. I’m not saying what they saw is wrong, but it might not be accurate. In the end, we all went home safe.”

Garrett's actions, however, were appreciated by Hancher.

“He just walked up and said he was going to take care of me,” Hancher said. “Most guys wouldn’t do that. Joe really saved my life.”

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What's next Kent Hancher, 56, of Anderson faces felony counts of pointing a firearm at another person, criminal recklessness and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. He is in the Madison County Jail awaiting a jury trial scheduled for June 24.

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