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Published on June 21, 2024
Jefferson County Deputy Suspended After Being Charged With Domestic AssaultSource: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

An East Tennessee law enforcement officer, Deputy Brandon Bullins of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, has found himself on the wrong side of the law after being booked on a charge of domestic assault. Arrested Wednesday following a dispute at a home on Old Newport Highway, the deputy is suspended indefinitely by his employer as investigations proceed.

Sheriff Jeff Coffey stated that after deputies responded to the call, they were quickly able to determine that an assault had occurred. "Deputies were able to determine that an assault had taken place and based off of what both subjects stated on body camera footage and written statements, Deputies were able to determine a primary aggressor," Coffey said, according to an account by WVLT. Bullins, having served nine years with the department, was identified as the primary aggressor in this incident.

The altercation, which resulted in Bullins' arrest, unfolded when deputies were dispatched to his residence concerning a domestic disturbance. Details of the incident, as reported by WATE, reveal that Bullins and a woman, identified as his girlfriend, were both present at the scene when authorities arrived.

In the wake of these events, Bullins was taken to the Jefferson County Detention Center, as reported by WOKI. The deputy's suspension comes as a standard procedure following such incidents, upending a near-decade of service in law enforcement.