We have more news on the deputy involved shooting that occurred in Rutherford County on West Jefferson Pike May 6th.
You may recall, deputies were called to the home in question when a husband and a wife got into a disagreement and the husband allegedly pointed a shotgun at his significant other. Deputies rushed to the home, but the husband was nowhere to be found. Minutes later, he came out of a wooded area near the house and reportedly pointed the shotgun at Deputy David Ashburn. Deputy Ashburn then opened fire on the suspect, hitting him once in the torso.
On Thursday morning, WGNS confirmed with TBI Spokesperson Josh Devine, that the suspect remains at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. The TBI has now released his name. We are told that 38-year old Jeffery Newton now has warrants for his arrest for the actions he evidently took against his wife. Devine told WGNS, “We hope to soon present our case surrounding the actions toward the deputies to the Rutherford County Grand Jury.” So at this point, no charges have been filed against Newton for allegedly pointing his weapon at deputies.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office told WGNS News on Thursday evening:
Sheriff’s deputies responded to Jeff and Tracey Newton’s home Feb. 23, 2011 at 5481 W. Jefferson Pike.
The report filed by Deputy Joseph McCool stated the couple became involved in an altercation. Deputy McCool reported he did not see any signs of an assault and the home was not in disarray. He explained warrant procedures to Mrs. Newton who declined to prosecute.
A 16-gauge Mossberg bolt action shotgun was taken for safekeeping and entered into evidence.
The shotgun was returned to Jeff Newton Feb. 3, 2014 by the property evidence clerk.
As a standard procedure, before the shotgun was returned, dispatchers checked his criminal history through the National Crime Information Center. The record showed a clear criminal history.
TBI handled the investigation the night of the shooting.
Sheriff Arnold did not order the gun to be returned to Newton.
Source: Lisa Marchesoni, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office