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Former Mid-South police chief's son arrested in ongoing scandal

(WMC-TV) - One of the two men arrested in the burglary of a Mid-South police station is the son of that station's fired police chief.

Scandal has rocked the town of Grand Junction, Tennessee, with a population of just 350 people.

"Pretty shocked," said Grand Junction resident Gloria Gillespie.  "It's just unbelievable.  It's such a peaceful little town."

On March 1, the Tunica Sheriff's Department spotted then Grand Junction Police Chief Pat Ryan weaving and driving erratically.

"He was operating one of our government vehicles in Tunica, Mississippi, leaving the Horseshoe Casino and he was driving under the influence," said the new Grand Junction Police Chief Justin Powers.

Ryan was driving an unmarked police cruiser.

On March 12, the town fired Ryan, who had been police chief for five years.  He ran the small department with three reserve officers.

The following day, the fire department received a call that the town's only marked police car was on fire.  The cruiser is now at a Bolivar, Tennessee towing company being held for the Bomb and Arson Section of the Tennessee division of Fire Protection.

A few days later, there was a break-in at the police department.  It is not clear what was taken.

The former police chief's son, Patrick Ryan, and his friend, Jamie Lee Grantham, were arrested in connection with the burglary after a TBI investigation.

Grand Junction police called the TBI to investigate all that has happened in the town.  The TBI is now analyzing the evidence.

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