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Trooper who witnessed domestic assault demoted

Posted January 7, 2010

— A Highway Patrol trooper who was in the home of a Chatham County woman last summer when her estranged husband allegedly attacked her has been demoted and transferred, officials said Thursday.

Trooper Anthony E. Scott, 38, a 15-year veteran of the force, was reassigned last month from Siler City to Charlotte. Highway Patrol officials declined to comment on the move.

Scott was at the Pittsboro home of lawyer Jennifer Andrews on Aug. 14 when when her estranged husband, real estate broker Eric Andrews, pointed a gun at her, choked her and threatened her life, authorities said.

The Highway Patrol said the trooper was on duty at the time but wasn't at the home on official business.

There was no indication whether Scott tried to intervene in the assault.


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  • saywhaaaaat Jan 8, 2010

    OK. This is why we are having soooo many homicides, husband, boyfriendS killing their wifes, or girlfriends. The police sometimes do not take these cases seriously. Assault on a female should not just be a slap on the hand for these guys, it should be a felony and harder for them to get out of jail. NOT no 72 hrs. I hope the officer learnes his lesson, and not to just sit and watch stuff like this go on infront of him.

  • Randy Cox Jan 8, 2010

    What a doofus! People think the NCHP is so perfect. And, the CCPS will pretty much say anything to protect it's troopers, even when they screw up.

    You should all go back and read the HP internal reports that were made public several years ago.

  • schoobydooyellow Jan 8, 2010

    In North Carolina if a LEO witnesses or see's evidence of domestic abused they are required to make an arrest, no discretion. That could have been why he got in trouble. Or, he was seeing her and the ex husband found them together. The trooper got a lot of explaining to do.

    The Patrol knew something was wrong when Scott started he statement by saying "Well, what had happen was?"

  • superman Jan 8, 2010

    Another example of our fine outstanding SHP. They move him to another location and allow him to keep his job! Perhaps a raise and a promotion would also be in order.

  • Diabolical Jan 8, 2010

    Did this guy use this officers weapon against them? and maybe that's why he couldn't do nothing to handle the situation.

  • Diabolical Jan 8, 2010

    Here's a dumb question..."There was no indication whether Scott tried to intervene in the assault." Wral puts this statement below, So why this guy getting fired , if they don't know? I mean, I highly doubt that he stood there watching while this es-straged husband pointed a gun at her and did nothing but freeze? Did you want him to escalte the situation and cause someone to get shot? Sorry, but I don't think this officer just did nothing. Maybe he couldn't do nothing in his situation.

  • ConcernedNCC Jan 8, 2010

    Weetie: The point is, whatever reason he had for being there, it was his responsibility to intervene when he saw a crime taking place. This is true, even if he's off-duty, and he was on-duty at the time.

  • SWEET-N-SOUR Jan 8, 2010

    He should be fired not demoted. (my opinion)

  • BraveHeart Jan 8, 2010

    put him in the unemployment line

  • Weetie Jan 8, 2010

    Are we "ASSUMING" this offer was having an affair? Does anyone of US KNOW he was there for the wrong reasons? Why are we pointing fingers here? The news media has been known to make mountains out of molehills. Maybe she was a relative? WHO knows???