Man charged with threatening Dyersburg police after gun found during funeral

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — Dyersburg police say they found an AR-style rifle during a recent funeral in a church parking lot.

Police responded to a weapons complaint Saturday around 2:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, East Court.

According to police, officers discovered a large crowd and were told threats had been made to shoot up a funeral in progress.

While officers secured the area, multiple people said an armed person laid a gun under a vehicle and fled.

There were no shots fired, police said.

Two hours later, officers responded to a shots fired call on Pioneer Road.

Police found six people standing in a yard arguing with someone across the street.

The person was identified as Damaris Neal, 21, police said.

People at the scene became hostile toward officers, and Neal made threats to run over an officer.

He was arrested and charged with retaliation for past actions.

He will appear in Dyersburg City Court, police said.