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UPDATE: Former Bartlett officer faces additional charges

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MASON, TN (WMC-TV) - A Bartlett police officer, arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, faced additional legal trouble Tuesday.

Officer Phillip Devers was arrested Friday, and later charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault.  Officials said Tipton County Sheriff's Deputies were called late Friday afternoon to a home in the 600 block of Robertson's Road for a domestic dispute.

When officers arrived, they smelled gasoline, and found a pool of gasoline on the home's front porch.

Devers' girlfriend, Lori Knoll, told deputies her boyfriend forced her way into the home.  Moments earlier, in a frantic 911 call, Knoll told a dispatcher how Devers doused her in gasoline and threatened to light her on fire.

"He forced his way into my house," Knoll said. "He poured gasoline on me."

Devers' was not at Knoll's home when deputies arrived, but was later arrested at his Bartlett residence.  He was released on bond, but was arrested again Tuesday on additional charges of aggravated burglary, for forcing his way into a house that wasn't his.

"In connection with this and for the severity of this charge, working with the District Attorney's office, the judge has placed a no bond on the warrant," said Chief Deputy Donna Turner of the Tipton County Sheriff's Office.

That would mean Devers could remain in the Tipton County Jail until trial, unless his lawyer can convince the judge to change his mind.

Devers, a sergeant with the patrol division of the Bartlett Police Department, was a key witness in the Henry Lee Jones murder trial last month. Devers found Lillian and Clarence James dead in their Bartlett home six years ago.

According to Bartlett Police Chief Gary Rikard, Devers retired Tuesday from the Bartlett Police Department.  Devers had been on a combination of medical leave and departmental leave, with pay, since December 26, 2008.

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