Officer Arrested After Wife Found Unconscious On Floor

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(Millington, TN) A Millington police officer has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, upgraded from the original charge of domestic assault.

Jeffery Hepler, 41, was arrested Tuesday night when Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence call at an apartment complex in the 6100 hundred block of Big Creek View Circle.

The Millington police officer described his wife as a "drama queen" after she was found that night, unconscious in a locked bedroom.

A neighbor told investigators he heard yelling and a disturbance from the apartment next door.

"You could tell they weren't a real close couple," said a neighbor who asked not to be identified.

Neighbors said the couple often carried their rocky marriage into the  parking lot ... loud arguments everyone could hear.

When I come home at night sometimes "I see them" fighting and cussing," another neighbor said.

Neighbor Richard Truska said Kimberly texted him twice Tuesday night with the same message: call the police.

The sound inside the apartment: screams and a physical fight.

Neighbor Ronnie Wells told officers Kimberly came to his apartment in the past with bruises on her wrist, which she told him were caused by her husband.

Wells refused to say more Wednesday.

"I don't want to say anything about that," he said. "It's been taken care of."

Deputies were told by Hepler he was, "involved in a verbal argument with his wife."

Deputies say they found Hepler's wife in a bedroom on the floor unresponsive after a possible seizure.

According to a news release, "After she was revived, she stated that during the argument the suspect grabbed her by the neck and held her down. She also stated that she was in fear of the suspect and had additional bruises on her upper chest area."

She had bruises on her neck, leg and chest. She told deputies she is battling stomach cancer, and that Hepler also put his foot on her stomach.

She was transported to Methodist-North in stable condition, and he was hauled downtown to Shelby County jail.

Hepler is behind bars on a $10,000 bond.