A Knoxville Police Officer has been charged with domestic assault after a fight with his estranged wife.
KPD has opened an Internal Affairs investigation into Brian Foulks, and his police powers have been suspended until the investigation is complete.
According to arrest warrants, the incident happened just after midnight on May 8 at a residence on Macmont Circle in Knox County.
Foulks' wife told deputies she was in bed when Foulks came into her home and they started arguing. She said Foulks broke the screen on her laptop, then grabbed her revolver from the nightstand.
She said she ran out of the room and out the front door because she was afraid. She started walking down the street, and she said Foulks got into his truck and followed her. She said he told her he had the gun in the truck, but he never pointed it at her or threatened her with it.
She said Foulks followed her back to her home, where he kicked the tail light out of her car, then fought with her over her cell phone, which he broke in half. She had scratches on her arm that she said were received during the struggle over the phone. She said he also knocked all the items off the kitchen counter and kicked in the back of a wooden dining room table.
She said she ran to the neighbor's house to call 911, and that is when Knox County Sheriff's deputies responded.
Deputies found the gun on the dresser, with the rounds laying on the floor. They said Foulks had unloaded it.
Foulks was charged with domestic assault (bodily injury or threat of injury) which is a misdemeanor charge.
KPD says he will be on administrative duty until the investigation is complete. Officer Foulks has been employed at the Knoxville Police Department since 2006 and is a School Resource Officer assigned to Central High School.