State trooper placed on leave for possible hunting violations

State trooper placed on leave for possible hunting violations (Image 1)

A Tennessee state trooper has been placed on leave pending an investigation into hunting violations.

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency agents began investigating Barry Qualls on November 19 after he allegedly shot and killed a deer on a 46-acre privately owned tract of land located on Highway 64 West in Bedford County.

The department's internal investigation focuses on whether Qualls, 38, violated Tennessee Highway Patrol polices and procedures during the alleged incident.

Qualls, who is assigned to the Lawrenceburg district, has worked with the THP since 2002 and remains on discretionary leave with pay.

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