Petty Indicted for Attempted Murder of Sheriff's Deputies

April 9, 2014
Dwayne Page
Randy Gerald Petty

A man who was shot after drawing a weapon on two officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department last May has been indicted on two counts of attempted first degree murder.

The DeKalb County Grand Jury on Monday returned a sealed indictment against 55 year old Randy Gerald Petty. He was arrested without incident by agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. He is under a $100,000 bond and will be arraigned next Monday, April 14 in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

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 Deputy Taylor’s vehicle, Deputy Russell saw and heard something off to his side. Using his flashlight, Russell spotted Randy Petty pointing a scoped rifle at the two deputies. Both of them drew their weapons and fired, striking Petty several times in his extremities. He later recovered from his wounds.

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

The two count indictment against Petty states that "On or about May 23, 2013, Petty intentionally and with premeditation did attempt to kill Jeremy Taylor and Erik Russell, constituting the offense of attempted murder in the first degree

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