Former Sheriff's Deputy Charged In Assassination Plot

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- The arrest of a National Guard member charged with attempting to kill a sheriff came after a state trooper spotted him carrying a rifle after a Boy Scout meeting.

Bruce Bailey is held in jail at Murfreesboro in lieu of $250,000 bond on charges that include attempted first-degree murder.

Trooper Anthony Caudle was off duty, standing outside a church, talking with a scoutmaster Monday evening when he saw Bailey, who he said was staggering across the parking lot with an M-16 rifle on his back.

The church is near the home of Rutherford County Sheriff Truman Jones, who fired Bailey in 2002 after a bar fight in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Caudle took the weapon and called authorities.

Investigators say they checked Bailey's truck and home, finding a loaded handgun and other military gear that indicated an intent to kill the sheriff. Jones was away from his home on business.

Caudle serves on Governor Bredesen's security detail.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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