Deputy arrested for firing gun while off duty

Deputy arrested for firing gun while off duty

Bradley Collins (Source: TBI) Bradley Collins (Source: TBI)

DECATUR (WATE) - An East Tennessee sheriff's deputy has been arrested after firing his service weapon at another person while off duty.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Bradley Collins, 35, has been indicted on aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges stemming from the incident in September of last year.

Collins is a deputy in Meigs County, but the incident occurred in Rhea County.

Investigators say Collins heard his sister was being assaulted by her father, Randall Copeland.

Collins found his sister safe, then went to Copeland's house with his weapon.

Collins claims Copeland had a shotgun, which he would not put down, so Collins fired his gun at him twice.

No one was hurt.

Collins was booked into the Rhea County Jail Wednesday morning on a $10,000 bond.

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