Ex-Etowah police chief fired, facing assault charge after domestic incident

Tennessee

Former Etowah Police Chief Eric Armstrong

ETOWAH, Tenn. (WATE) – The Etowah chief of police was fired after he was charged with assault by domestic violence Sunday when authorities responded to a reported domestic incident on Sunday.

Deputies responded to a residence on County Road 461 North before 6 a.m., where they took a report from a female who had suffered a facial injury caused by her boyfriend, now former Etowah police chief Eric Armstrong.

Armstrong left the scene before the arrival of deputies. McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy confirmed Armstrong turned himself in Thursday around 10 a.m.

The victim refused medical treatment by the responding ambulance and was taken to another family member’s residence.

“It is difficult to deal with a domestic situation involving a law enforcement officer, especially someone you have worked your whole career with, but the incident must be investigated as any other domestic incident,” Sheriff Joe Guy said.

He is charged with assault by domestic violence. Armstrong will have an appearance in McMinn County General Sessions Court in March.

On Monday, City Manager Tina Tuggle announced Armstrong has been fired. Detective Jim Shaw will now serve as interim chief of police.

“The investigation of this matter is under the full control of the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s office,” Tuggle said in a news release. “The city of Etowah Police Department will take no part in this investigation.”

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