Arrest warrant issued for Memphis firefighter - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Arrest warrant issued for Memphis firefighter

(WMC-TV) - Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of an eight-year veteran of the Memphis Fire Department.

Memphis police say that a run-in between firefighter Jesse Powell and his 16-year-old daughter escalated into a domestic felony.

Investigators say Powell choked his daughter during a domestic confrontation. There were no serious injuries and no weapons used, but a change in state law this year elevated this to a felony.

The new law in Tennessee classifies strangulation as an "aggravated assault," meaning it's now considered a felony rather than a misdemeanor.

If someone is convicted of the crime, the sentence can range between three and six years.

"We are aware that a warrant has been issued for firefighter Powell's arrest," said Battalion Chief Keith Staples, of the Memphis Fire Department. "At this point, we are not aware of any arrest that has been made. Therefore, the status of Powell in relation to the Memphis Fire Department has not changed."

Staples said if a member of the department is arrested, an internal investigation will follow. The fire fighter is then released with pay pending the outcome of the administrative investigation.

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