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Trooper who witnessed domestic assault demoted

Posted January 7, 2010 10:47 a.m. EST

— 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.