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Trooper placed on leave during investigation

Posted August 23, 2009 10:23 a.m. EDT
Updated August 23, 2009 11:38 a.m. EDT

— The State Highway Patrol has launched an internal investigation into a state trooper assigned to Chatham County.

Trooper Anthony E. Scott, 38, was placed on administrative leave Aug. 19, four days after the Patrol began an internal investigation, spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said.

Scott, a 15-year veteran of the force, is assigned to Siler City.

Clendenin did not release details of the investigation, citing state personnel law.

He did confirm that a trooper – whose identity hasn't been released – was on the property of a Pittsboro home at the approximate time of an Aug. 14 incident.

Then, real estate broker Eric Andrews, 40, was arrested after his estranged wife, Jennifer Andrews, told authorities he pointed a gun at her, choked her and threatened her life, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. Deputies recovered a Smith & Wesson revolver.

Andrews, of 7324 Silk Hope-Gum Springs Road, was being held in the Chatham County Jail Saturday under a $1 million bond.