Local park ranger arrested for attacking cousin with fireplace poker, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police arrested a local park ranger after a brutal attack involving a family member, court records said.

FOX13 obtained court records that said Tony Mitchell hit her several times in the arms and head with a fireplace poker.

The victim then took off running through the woods and the suspect came outside with a shotgun and started shooting at her, police said.

She was able to make it through the woods and grab nearby officers who helped her, court records said.

Police said they went to the home and found two shotgun shells by the patio. After a search warrant, they found a shotgun in the house and an empty shotgun shell box.

Mitchell is charged with Aggravated Assault.

FOX13 reached out to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation who released the following statement.

“While Tony Mitchell is currently employed as a park ranger at T.O. Fuller State Park, he has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation following his arrest by the Memphis Police Department on Feb. 3, 2020. Memphis PD can provide additional details pertaining to the arrest.”