GALLAWAY, TN – Problems continue to find their way to people associated with the small town of Gallaway, Tennessee.
Two weeks ago abc24.com reported that two-thirds of Gallaway’s police force had been fired.
Now, one of those officers is on the wrong side of the law.
When Shelby County Deputies responded to a home invasion, they found a former Gallaway cop inside a house on the 7100 block of Mirage Lane in Cordova.
The victims helped out, detaining Hubbard and creating mixed reaction in Hubbard’s former place of employment.
“Yeah, I was shocked,” said Gallaway resident Beverly Swain, “he doesn’t seem like the type of person that would do something like that.”
But, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said former Gallaway cop Brian Hubbard forced his way into a Cordova home, demanding money.
“A physical altercation ensued,” said Chip Washington of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, “they wound up beating the suspect in the head with a trophy.”
Hubbard wound up in The MED, facing multiple charges. He was recently fired in Gallaway, which at the time did not set well with some people.
“I was going to stick up for him and everything,” Swain told abc24.com, “but after this, uh-uh.”
Neighbors inside the house next to the one victimized told abc24.com that Hubbard first came to their door claiming to be the police and demanding money. They called authorities and Hubbard wound up next door.
Those same neighbors also said, in their opinion, Hubbard had been drinking.
“Finding out about the complaints we’ve had from citizens of Gallaway,” said mayor Dominic Berretta, “in regards to that officer, it really does not shock me.”
Hubbard and fellow officer Roderick Brown were fired August 13, 2012.
“We were standing on moral grounds,” said Hubbard at the time, “for the way Roderick was being treated.”
That stand led to the unemployment line.
“As far as being a home invader, though,” said Berretta, “that shocked me in a way.”
Hubbard is facing two counts of robbery, and one count each of aggravated burglary, vandalism and impersonating an officer.
“Once he is charged and locked up,” said Washington, “he could be in for awhile.”
The home invasion victims were unavailable. Likewise, there was no one at Hubbard’s residence to speak of the incident.
Gallaway city manager, Tammy Hightower- who fired Hubbard- told abc24.com she was not surprised the incident happened.