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Grand Jury Indicts Man For Pointing Rifle At Deputies

Grand Jury Indicts Man For Pointing Rifle At Deputies

CREATED Apr 9, 2014

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A grand jury has indicted a Smithville man after officials said he pointed a rifle at two deputies from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

The charge stemmed from an incident that happened on May 23, 2013. The deputies had responded to a call of shots being fired at 255 Petty Road in Smithville, just south of Highway 70 on the east side of Smithville.

It was dark when Deputies Jeremy Taylor and Erik Russell arrived on the scene.

While standing at the rear of Deputy Taylor's squad car, Deputy Russell said he both heard and saw something off to his side. When he aimed his flashlight towards the sound, he saw 55-year-old Randy Petty pointing a scoped rifle at the deputies.

Officials said both deputies drew their weapons and fired on Petty, hitting him several times in his extremities.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the incident. At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented before the DeKalb County Grand Jury. Earlier in the week, the Grand Jury returned indictments on two counts of attempted homicide in the first degree.

TBI agents arrested Petty Wednesday without incident.

Petty was being held in the DeKalb County Jail on $100,000 bond.