Smithville man charged in TBI attempted murder case

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:18 PM

COOKEVILLE –Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a Smithville man on charges he pointed a rifle at two DeKalb County deputies.

On May 23, 2013, deputies Jeremy Taylor and Erik Russell responded to a 911 call of shots being fired at 255 Petty Road in Smithville. There, while standing at the rear of Taylor’s vehicle, Russell saw and heard something off to his side. Using his flashlight, Russell spotted Randy Petty, 55, pointing a scoped rifle at the two deputies, agents said. Both of them drew their weapons and fired, striking Petty several times in his extremities.

At the request of District Attorney General Randy York, TBI agents began investigating the case May 23, 2013.

This week, a DeKalb County grand jury returned indictments charging Petty with two counts of first-degree attempted homicide. TBI agents arrested Petty without incident Wednesday afternoon.

Petty remained Wednesday night in the DeKalb County Jail on $100,000 bond. 

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