UPDATE: The TBI says Derek Grooms faces charges of aggravated child endangerment, unlawful possession of weapon, and possession of methamphetamine. Click here to read more.
BENTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Benton County man has been charged in the shooting death of his 21-year-old wife near Camden.
24-year-old Derek Grooms faces a charge of first-degree murder.
According to the Benton County Sheriff, the suspect shot and killed his wife Ashley Grooms around 2:30 a.m. Friday at a home on Jayson Street.
Derek Grooms was initially arrested at the scene on a gun violation charge.
The sheriff said the suspect become violent in the back of the patrol car and was believed to be under the influence of “something.”
There was reportedly a one-year-old child in the home at the time of the shooting. That child was not injured.
Derek Grooms is being held in the Benton County Detention Center on a one-million-dollar bond.
Investigators have not discussed a possible motive for the killing.