39 year old Travis Middleton of Middlesboro was arrested at 10:43pm on Sunday May 26, 2019 by Bell County Deputy James Taulbee assisted by MPD Officer Chris Barnes.

Bell County Dispatch had received numerous calls in reference to a domestic fight involving Middleton choking a woman and causing bodily harm with his hands, Due to the nature of the complaint Officer Barnes was asked to assist Deputy Southern. Officer Barnes was first on scene observing a Middleton on top of the woman with a hammer in his hands as if to strike her.

Due to impending danger to the woman, Officer Barnes had to restrain Middleton and secure the scene until more units arrived. Two juveniles were present during the incident stating that Middleton had struck the woman in the back of the head with the hammer.
Middleton was charged with assault – 2nd degree and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.

From The Bell County Sheriff’s Office