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

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ETOWAH, Tenn. (WATE) – The Etowah chief of police that was fired after he was charged with assault by domestic violence Sunday turned himself in Thursday morning.

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.

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

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

“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.

Armstrong posted $500 bond and was released. He will have an appearance in McMinn County General Sessions Court in March.

“We are relieved that Eric has turned himself in on the warrant,” Guy said. “We hope the situation turns out as well as possible for all involved.”

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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