Franklin school employee arrested for shooting at wife, kids

Franklin school employee arrested for shooting at wife, kids (Image 1)

Authorities have captured a Williamson County school employee who allegedly shot at his wife and children on Saturday night.

The incident occurred at the address where his wife and children live on North Chapel Road in Franklin.

Sheriff Jeff Long said the suspect, Jeff Vaughn, 41, showed up to the home around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

He said Vaughn's wife filed an order of protection last Thursday and wasn't permitted to be at the home.

In the order of protection, Mrs. Vaughn stated her husband “has problems with alcohol,” and that he drinks “84 beers a week.” She also added he “abused the dog and put the “children in fear.”

Sheriff Long said Vaughn had a shotgun and broke into the house but the family was able to escape.

He said they got into a vehicle but as they were driving off, Vaughn allegedly fired through the windshield.

He said Vaughn's wife was taken to the hospital for injuries from broken glass but was released.

Sheriff Long said they used a bloodhound, a helicopter and searched several schools looking for Vaughn.

According to deputies, he was spotted at the intersection of North Chapel and Trinity roads around 10 p.m. Sunday and was taken into custody.

Dr. Mike Looney, Williamson County Director of Schools, said Vaughn is a maintenance worker for the district. He said Vaughn focuses mainly on playground safety equipment and is assigned to the Trinity area, but has worked throughout the district.

Prior to the arrest, Looney said they made the decision to cancel classes on Monday as a precaution because he believed Vaughn had the ability to access schools.

“Because Mr. Vaughn is an employee of ours, because he has access to our schools, some of his family members attend our schools and he's a very familiar face in our schools, we just feel like its best to be cautious,” Looney said.

District spokesperson, Carol Birdsong, sent out an email to parents around 11 p.m., Sunday, alerting parents that the manhunt had ended.

She wrote that they would keep schools closed “due to the late hour in which Mr. Vaughn was apprehended and because of the logistics of trying to reach employees and parents after school had been canceled.”

School officials said Vaughn did not have any red flags in his personnel file and his criminal background check came back clean.

Vaughn is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, aggravated burglary, and violation of an order of protection.

He is being held in the Williamson County Jail on $900,000 bond.

Nashville's News 2 went by the Vaughn's residence on Monday, however no one wanted to comment on camera.

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