Domestic dispute ends in gunfire

Friday, September 15, 2017

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Chapel Hill Police officers responded to a domestic disturbance on Old Highway 99 on Sept. 10.

On scene, officers encountered Leotie Kuhns, who was described in the report as “out of control” and who was placed in the back of a patrol car.

Inside the home, Kuhns’ spouse was described as “distraught.” According to the report, she described Kuhns as “not herself” and “extremely intoxicated.”


The victim told deputies that she had shot Kuhns in the leg in self-defense after Kuhns had put her in fear of her life.

Officers recovered a .22 caliber handgun at the scene.

The victim told officers that Kuhns had head butt, punched, and pulled her hair after she had refused Kuhns’ advances.

The victim forced Kuhns out of the home and locked herself and her child in the bedroom.

Kuhns then broke the glass out of the front door and began slamming into the bedroom door in order to break it down.

As the door frame began to split, the complainant opened the door and Kuhns again began punching her.

At this point, she shot Kuhns in the leg, being in fear for her safety.

Kuhns left the home, and the victim called 911.

Officers described Kuhns as “very combative” with them.

She was transported to Marshall Medical Center and, later, Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment.

Kuhns was charged with domestic assault and held on $2,500 bond.

• On Sept. 9, Lewisburg Police responded to a domestic call on West Church Street.

At the scene, officers encountered Justin Trombley, whose left arm showed a “substantial amount of blood.”

He told officers that he had cut himself but was otherwise uncooperative.

A witness at the scene told officers that Trombley had become paranoid and began to think that another female at the scene planned to hurt him.

He allegedly pinned the female victim to the wall and demanded that she take him to his car.

She hid from Trombley, who later pinned her down, and according to her account, pulled her hair, banged her head against a wall, and strangled her.

While on top of her, according to the report, he used a knife to cut his left arm and proceeded to wipe his blood on her face, neck, and hands.

Trombley was charged with aggravated domestic assault and held on a $5,000 bond.

• Several burglaries were reported to both the LPD and the MCSO.

A Playstation 4 was reported missing from a home on Grace Ledford Road.

On Sept. 4, a Playstation 4 was reported stolen from a home on 4th Avenue North in Lewisburg. A back window of the home had been broken out, the room ransacked, and several games as well as the console were missing.

A MIG welder and welding helmet valued at $1,000 were reported stolen from a garage on Franklin Pike on Sept. 6.

• On Sept. 8, LPD went to the Summit Apartments at the request of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to locate a runaway juvenile.

The juvenile’s mother, Ruby Hutt, told officers that she had not seen or spoken with her daughter, who was missing from a Coffee Co. foster facility.

Further investigation revealed that Hutt had spoken with her daughter at least twice, including as the police were knocking on the door.

Hutt was charged with making false reports to police and held on $6,000 bond.