UPDATE: Plea Hearing in Rutherford County Scheduled for Former Police Officer Accused of Firing Gun Inside Apartment, Striking Neighbor

Jul 20, 2023 at 05:33 pm by WGNS News

TBI Released Photo of Gavin Thomas Schoeberl (Background are Charges)

MURFREESBORO – UPDATE: A former LaVergne Police officer that is facing one count of Reckless Endangerment for allegedly 'Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Property' and one count of Aggravated Assault was scheduled to appear in court this past week, but the case was rescheduled. WGNS confirmed on Thursday the continuance means there will be a plea hearing on August 24th. 

The shooting incident reportedly happened in the late evening hours of Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at an apartment complex in Murfreesboro. According to police report information, Murfreesboro Police were called to the Belden Reserve apartments near Highway 96 and Rucker Lane around 11 PM for a Reckless Endangerment incident involing a weapon. The following day on April 6th, at the request of 16th Judicial District Attorney General Jennings Jones, TBI agents began investigating the complaint that then-LaVergne Police Officer Gavin Schoeberl fired his weapon inside his apartment.


As a result of the weapon being fired inside the 24-year-old's apartment, a bullet went through his wall and into the next door unit. The bullet struck a neighbor who was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Details on why the former officer allegedly fired a gun inside his apartment have not been released. 


This is not the first time Schoeberl has gotten in trouble as an officer. After being on the job for exactly one year, he was investigated for violating rules in the employee handbook after the so called sex scandal made headlines nationwide. Schoeberl was suspended from the police department in December of 2022 after being accused of sexual harassment in a situation that involved former patrol officer Maegan Hall. He was suspended for 4-shifts without pay and removed from second shift patrol. 

Again, a plea hearing is scheduled for August 24th in the Rutherford County Circuit Courtroom of Judge Barry Tidwell.

Source: Rutherford Co. Courts, the TBI, LaVergne Police and MPD Incident 23-0006534

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