TSU police officer arrested after domestic violence altercation

Michele Foutch (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN0 – A police officer for Tennessee State University was arrested Monday morning after a domestic violence incident with a former TSU officer.

The female officer, Michele Foutch, is accused of strangling her estranged boyfriend and hurting his 5-year-old son.

According to court documents, the couple began dating two years ago and has a stormy relationship.

Foutch is a current officer at TSU while her boyfriend, James Kinnard-Brescia, just resigned.

In recent weeks, both have been victims and both have been suspects.

The situation began Sunday night at 8 p.m. when Kinnard-Brescia reportedly questioned Foutch about a text message on her phone.

According to an affidavit, “The text message made him feel that she was cheating on him and he confronted her about it.”

That’s when authorities say the 41-year-old officer punches the 29-year-old man in the face. The affidavit states he got away and went into the living room when she jumped on him and began strangling him.

“That’s when she put a hand up against his throat in a choking manor and hitting him. The Vitim’s five year old son ran up to them yelling for her not to hurt his dad. The victim stated she shoved the five year old down, causing him to hit his head,” the affidavit states.

The police report indicates both the father and son had visible marks but refused medical treatment.

James Kinnard-Brescia (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
James Kinnard-Brescia (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Goodlettsville police took Foutch to jail and charged her with aggravated assault as well as misdemeanor assault.

TSU officials say she has been suspended without pay.

According to Lucas Johnson, “The case involving TSU Police Officer Michelle Foutch remains under investigation. She will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Johnson told News 2 that Kinnard-Brescia resigned shortly after he was arrested in October and charged with harassment. In that case, an affidavit states he stood outside Foutch’s apartment, called her, and made verbal threats.

Court documents show Kinnard-Brescie pleaded guilty on the harassment charges and was ordered to go to a stalking class and get counseling.