THP trooper resigns after domestic violence charge in Wilson County

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WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has resigned following his arrest last week in Wilson County.

Trooper Russell Peters was booked into the Wilson County jail November 24th on a charge of aggravated domestic assault.

According to an arrest warrant, Peters’ wife reported that her husband had beaten her in the head repeatedly with a slapjack at their residence on John Galt Drive in front of her young child.

The paperwork states the victim told investigators she had returned home and found Peters had been drinking, so she attempted to get a bottle of vodka away from him and that’s when he attacked her.

Peters’ wife suffered bumps to the back of her head, as well as cuts and scratches to her neck, ear and head, police explained.

A spokesperson for Tennessee Highway Patrol released a statement on Peters’ arrest: “Trooper Peters has been placed on paid discretionary leave pending a departmental internal investigation. This is an ongoing investigation.”

On Thursday, THP confirmed Peters resigned as of December 4th after 12 years of service.

Peters was lodged in the Wilson County jail on a $5,000 bond. His initial court appearance was scheduled for Feb. 4, 2020.

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