Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 940 New Salem Highway, Murfreesboro, 37129 TN
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Phone: (615) 898-7720
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Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is located at 940 New Salem Highway, Murfreesboro, 37129 TN. The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office phone number is (615) 898-7720.

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office News

Stewartsboro Elementary School student Zackary Bilyeu received an award Thursday for his bravery when his mother experienced a medical emergency in September. Dispatcher Aaron Cope, who took the call, said Zackary knew his address and gave information so responders could assess his mother’s condition while driving to the home. “What stood out was this young man was extremely brave and extremely courageous,” Cope said. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said Zackary displayed maturity and bravery in calling 911 for help. Photo: Student Zackary Bilyeu of Stewartsboro Elementary shows his award and certificate for bravery in calling 911 for an emergency. From left are Assistant Principal Vanessa Ritter, Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Dispatcher Aaron Cope.

Corrections Officers thank businesses, churches and individuals Correctional officers at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center celebrated National Correctional Officers Week May 6-12. We were honored Deputy Director Will Wall of the Tennessee Correctional attended lunch prepared by Bishop Jimmy Tyson and his Holy Smoker barbecue truck. Tyson is also a part-time inmate case worker. We thank the many restaurants, churches and individuals who donated food for our staff of 160 correctional officers and the nursing staff. Sponsors donating food were: • EMedRX • Fuzzy Tacos • LifePoint Church • Mission BBQ • Outback • Dr. Daniel Rudd • Vend Engine • Summit Food Service • Slick Pig • Waffle House • Donut Country • Bishop Jimmy Tyson of Rockvale Independent Church in Christiana • First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro • New Vision Baptist Church • Capt. Chris Fly and Lt. Josh Cope • Cornerstone Church

Thank you, Donut Country Deputy Chief Egon Grissom enjoys a donut from #DonutCountry. Donut Country donated several dozen donuts to the Sheriff's Office for National Police Week May 13-19. Co-owner Bo Davis, a former sheriff's detective, left a personal note for patrol officers in their squad room.

Thank you The Banks at West Fork Deputy Andy Pugh receives bags of snacks from Melissa Riveria of The Banks at West Fork in honor of National Police Week. Our officers thank you for treating us.

Brent Dement, left, talks with Deputy Chief Egon Grissom, center, and Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh about his great-grandfather, Constable Abner Dement who was killed in the line of duty in 1878. Constable Dement was shot and killed by a suspected horse thief when Dement started to arrest him in August 1878. Constable Dement's name was inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year after Grissom researched his death and forwarded information to the memorial staff.

Tom Clark, center, of La Vergne's Fun Fair, donated a check to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Special Projects. Accepting the check are Deputy Chief Bernard Salandy, left, and Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. The donations will be used for the volunteer Senior Citizens Awareness Network and the Explorer 106 Post. The Sheriff's Office thanks Clark and the La Vergne Fun Fair for the donation.

Couple die in likely domestic shooting with 2-year-old son in house A couple died after an apparent domestic violence shooting with their 2-year-old son inside their Annadel Court home Wednesday night, a sheriff’s detective said. Patrol deputies found the bodies of Anthony Gaunichaux, 47, and his wife, Amanda, 36, inside their home, said lead Detective Angela Hall. “She appeared to be the victim of a fatal shooting,” Hall said. “The husband died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” Sheriff’s dispatchers received the 911 call just after 10 p.m. “While dispatchers were on the phone, they heard shots fired over the phone,” Hall said. Responding patrol deputies made contact with the husband who placed the couple’s son outside. Deputies cared for him in a patrol car. “Almost immediately, patrol deputies heard the sound of a gunshot and deputies entered the home where they found the husband and wife both deceased,” Hall said. “The child was not physically harmed during the incident and is being cared for.” Detectives commended patrol deputies for the way they handled the situation under the stressful circumstances. Patrol deputies respond daily to domestic violence calls. “If you are in an abusive relationship, please seek help,” Hall said. “If you know someone who is involved in an abusive relationship, please encourage the person to seek help. Due to the cycle of domestic violence, abusive relationships rarely improve without professional help.” People abused in domestic relationships may obtain victim services through the Domestic Violence Center by calling 615-896-2012.

Avoid scams: Sheriff's Office doesn't ask for money for missing jury duty Scammers claiming to be Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Keith Lowery tricked a county resident of about $8,000 Wednesday. The scammer called the resident, identified himself as Chief Lowery and claimed a warrant was issued for the resident because he failed to respond to a summons to serve on jury duty. The resident was tricked out of the money. Lowery said the scammers use this scare tactic. They portray themselves as a police officer calling about an arrest warrant and intimidate the citizen into giving money. “A Sheriff’s Office will never take bail or fines over a telephone,” Lowery said. If you receive a call about missing jury duty or having an arrest warrant, do not give anyone money in these instances. Simply hang up. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said these calls are simply scams. “The Sheriff’s Office will never call you and ask for money for missing grand jury,” Fitzhugh said. “If you receive a call like this and have questions, call the Sheriff’s Office at 615-898-7770 for information.”

National Police Week remembers fallen officers, present officers Thirty-four law enforcement officers and six K-9s died in the line of duty this year in the U.S. During National Police Week, we remember these officers and the previous officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives while protecting our communities. We extend our heart-felt sympathy to their co-workers and survivors, who share in the sacrifice. We hope those 34 officers are the last ones to lose their lives. And we honor and thank the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies, our law enforcement partners in the county and law enforcement officers throughout the nation who serve and protect their communities every day.

Constable killed in 1878 honored at National Police Memorial A Rutherford County constable who died in the line of duty in 1878 was memorialized this year on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Constable Abner Dement, who was shot by a suspected horse thief Aug. 19, 1878, was formally remembered during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil Sunday night during National Police Officers Week in Washington. Rutherford County Sheriff’s Patrol Cpl. Stephen Lewis and Detention Sgt. David Hutsell represented the county at the vigil. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said Deputy Chief Egon Grissom and county historian Greg Tucker found several newspaper accounts naming Dement as a constable when he was shot. “We are comfortable in saying that Abner Dement was a constable in Rutherford County and that he did succumb to the wounds he received during the performance of his duty,” Fitzhugh said in a letter to a memorial research manager. Grissom said the Sheriff’s Office received a letter last year from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund requesting research of Dement to add his name to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall. “It was both an honor and privilege for me to research the history of Constable Dement,” Grissom said. “We are honored to memorialize such a deserving individual on the wall for all to see and remember.” Memorial representatives approved adding Dement last fall. The Daily American newspaper in Nashville reported Constable Dement and horse owner Zachary Haynes went to arrest suspected horse thief Pinkney Bell at the house of his uncle Aug. 19, 1878. “Upon entering the house, Constable Dement said, ‘Pink, you are my prisoner,’” the newspaper reported. Bell replied, “Who are you? Hold on” and retreated to a wall. “Here, he shot Dement through the stomach,” the newspaper reported. Dement turned to Haynes and said, “I am shot.” Haynes fired five rounds at Bell, shooting him in his arm and hand. Bell was arrested and denied shooting Dement. Physicians who treated Dement believed his wounds would be fatal. On his death bed, Dement urged his friends not to lynch Bell but to prosecute him according to law. Dement died Sept. 7, 1878. More than 3,000 people attended his funeral. “He was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, who mourn his untimely death,” the newspaper reported. Two days after Dement’s death, some of his friends shackled Bell and hung him on Halls Hill Pike.

Crews are paving the Adult Detention Center parking lot and the main Sheriff's Office parking lots this week. Visitors are asked to park in the field or gravel area from the Malloy Lane entrance by Heritage Farms.

Do you know this man? Video camera captured this man repeatedly ramming into the gate at Triton Construction about 7:25 a.m., Sunday, May 6 at the 10148 New Salem Highway. The man caused about $15,000 in vandalism to the motorized security gate, said Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Dan Goodwin. One of the company cameras shows a light-colored four door car with a spoiler, possibly a Toyota Camry, heading towards Eagleville that curves into the Triton entrance drive at 0725:13 and smashes into the gate. The driver, a heavy set fellow with a black ball cap, a leather jacket, brownish read beard and black-framed jacket, pushes past the sprung gate at walks unsteadily out of sight down the side of a building. He’s out of sight for more than a minute then is seen going back to the car, backing it up and ramming the gate a second time, then gunning it and hitting it a third time at about 0727. Both hits further spring the gate. The man then backs all the way to the edge of 99 and stomps the gas and knocks the gate back a distance of several feet. He then backs up onto 99 at 0728:18 and proceeds towards Eagleville again. Here is a YouTube video of the event: https://youtu.be/YiMsOk-l4kQ Anyone who recognizes this dangerous person is urged to call Goodwin at 615-904-3034 or email at dgoodwin@rcsotn.org.

Do you know this man? He is suspected of using skimmed credit cards Saturday at Walmart on Memorial Boulevard. The man was believed driving this car. If you have any information about him, please leave a message for Sheriff’s Detective Jason Dowdle at 615-904-3044 or jdowdle@rcsotn.org.

Have you seen Norma Ramos? Norma Ramos of Almaville Road has been missing since May 4, said Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Dan Goodwin. Ramos has been entered as missing and endangered into the National Crime Information Center. She will be 55 years old Thursday. Ramos left her cell phone at home and apparently drove away in her white 2002 Ford Escort with the license plate V07-13L. Her daughter, Lalita, checked with her mother’s employer, UPS in La Vergne, who verified Ramos has not worked since May 4. Anyone with information about Ramos’ location is asked to leave a message for Goodwin at 615-904-3034 or email at dgoodwin@rcsotn.org.

Murfreesboro man pleads guilty in Islamic Center vandalism Charles Dwight Stout, III, 20, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to damage religious property and to causing damage to religious property because of its religious character, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. Stout was indicted in September 2017 along with Thomas Gibbs, 18, also of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and charged with conspiring to commit a civil rights violation and committing a civil rights violation through damaging and defacing the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. “We are pleased with the positive outcome of this case,” Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said. “This shows what can be done when we are able to bring multiple resources together in an investigation.” According to the plea agreement, Stout admitted that on July 10, 2017, he conspired to vandalize the Islamic Center by placing bacon, a pork product forbidden by Islam, around an entrance; and spray painted profane references to Allah on multiple parts of the Center’s exterior; and concealed his identity in the commitment of these crimes by wearing a Soviet World War II-era gas mask. Stout was previously indicted on August 30, 2017, for obstructing a federal investigation by deleting photographic evidence. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the government will dismiss the obstruction charge and Stout agrees to a sentence of one year supervised release and the payment of restitution in an amount determined by the court when he is sentenced on August 13, 2018. Charges against Thomas Gibbs are still pending and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty. This case was investigated by the FBI and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Sara Beth Myers and Henry C. Leventis are prosecuting the case.

SRO Scholarships awarded to four seniors School Resources Officers contributed from their own pockets and fund-raisers to award four $1,000 college scholarships to Rutherford County seniors Wednesday. SRO Jason Urban, who coordinates the scholarships, said a panel of SROs chose the winners based on their grade point average, ACT score, extra-curricular activities, a written essay on "Ways I Would Improve School Safety” and two letters of recommendation. “These scholarships support Rutherford County students,” Urban said. This is the 16th year SROs have donated to fund scholarships. Recipients are Alyssa Ward of Central Magnet, Christina Saulsberry of Siegel High School, Sandy Girgis of La Vergne High School and Malayna Allen of Riverdale High School. Alyssa earned a 4.0 grade point average at Central and a 34 on the ACT. She plays varsity softball. She is a member of the National Honors Society, National English Honors Society and National Spanish Honors Society. She plans to attend Union University. Christina was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” at Siegel. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Beta Club, Student Council and the First Baptist Church Youth Choir. She will attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Sandy earned a 4.0 grade point average at La Vergne High School. She won a state writing competition in her junior year. She was vice president of the Student Council, a leader in Ultimate Frisbee and a volunteer at La Vergne Public Library. She will attend Lipscomb University. Malayna is a captain for Riverdale’s soccer team. She is vice president of philanthropy for Delta Beta Sigma, a fund-raiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and a volunteer coach for the special needs soccer program. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee –Chattanooga.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Adult Detention Center are recognizing the Detention deputies during National Corrections Officers Week May 7-13, 2018. President Ronald Reagan designated the week to honor the correctional officers who put their lives on the line daily to safeguard and protect inmates. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said he honored the 163 detention deputies who perform a difficult job, including counseling with inmates and solving problems. “I appreciate each and every day what they do,” Fitzhugh said. They worked diligently to correct deficiencies identified in the Tennessee Corrections Institute evaluation and brought the Adult Detention Center back into certification. The TCI audit complimented the staff for exceeding minimum standards. “It makes me proud what the Detention Center staff does every day,” Fitzhugh said. The Detention Center thanks the many restaurants and churches who are donating special meals to thank the staff this week.

Judicial Services deputies begin jobs at new Judicial Center Rutherford County’s new Judicial Center will open Monday for court proceedings. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh, Chief Deputy Keith Lowery, Deputy Chief Egon Grissom and Major Steve Spence joined the Judicial Services deputies Thursday as they prepare for the opening. From left, front row, are Judicial Services Capt. Joey King, Deputies Melvin Cunningham, Clay McCool, Mark Nolen, Dana Mayes, Ashley King, Debbie Creech, Sgt. Scott Dozier, Nick Carter, Billy Spray, Daryl Duncan and Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh; back row, Lt. Barry Hendrixson, Major Steve Spence and Deputies Trey Mosby, William Victor, Terry Amonette, Keith Barron and Andrew Towle, Cpl. Jacque Reed, Deputies Troy Terranova and Mike Heller, Deputy Chief Egon Grissom and Chief Deputy Keith Lowery.

Do you know these people? This couple is suspected in theft of wallet from a store at 3714 West Jefferson Pike (Intersection of West Jefferson Pike and Mona Road). The wallet was recovered in yard at intersection of West Jefferson Pike and East Fork Drive. If you have any information, please contact Detective Randy Groce 615-904-3049 and leave a message.

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Do you recognize this man? This man is suspected of using a fraudulent credit card two different times. He is accused of using the card April 13 at Wal-Mart on Joe B. Jackson Parkway. If you have information about this man, please contact Detective Jason Dowdle at 615-904-3044 and leave a message.

Narcotics detectives seize $40,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine Almost $40,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine and about $100 worth of heroin were seized from a Murfreesboro man after a one-month investigation, a Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau supervisor said. Suspect Dustin James Thompson, 32, of Old Lascassas Road was charged with manufacturing, delivering, selling or possessing Schedule I drugs for resale, four counts of felony possession of schedule II drugs for resale, maintaining a dwelling for the use of drugs, unlawful possession of a weapon in the commission of a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia. Detectives confiscated more than 14 ounces of crystal methamphetamine valued at $40,000, about one gram of heroin valued at $100 and 567 grams of an unidentified white powder, said Detective Sgt. Will Holton. The white powder was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s laboratory for identification. A loaded handgun was seized as part of the case, the sergeant said. Thompson is being held on $72,000 bond at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. A hearing is scheduled in May in General Sessions Court.

Vandals changing campaign signs Bill Ketron, a candidate for county mayor, reported vandals are damaging his campaign signs. Sheriff's detectives are investigating. If you have any information about the vandals, please call Detective Josh Anderson at 615-904-3040 and leave a message.