published Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Chattanooga officer accused of punching nephew

A Chattanooga police officer is accused of punching her nephew when he failed to give her money owed to her for a water bill, an arrest report states.

Cameka Bruce, 35, who has worked for the department since 2008, remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, according to a news release.

Bruce's nephew, 24-year-old Marcus Berry, told officers Bruce came to his residence on Sarasota Drive in Hixson on Tuesday night to collect money he owed her.

Berry said Bruce became angry when he did not have the full amount of money. She reportedly exited her vehicle and came at him, according to the report. Berry said he was punched.

She is scheduled to appear Monday at Hamilton County General Sessions Court.

Bruce did not comment Wednesday.

Bruce is the third law enforcement officer in Hamilton County to face a domestic assault charge.

In February, Michael Early, a detective with Chattanooga Police Department who investigates property crimes, remains on light duty pending the outcome of his case. He is scheduled to appear in Rutherford County Sessions Court this morning to face accusations that he headbutted his wife.

Angelita McGhee, who works as a corrections officer at Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, was arrested in January after she reportedly pulled a pistol from her holster and took aim at her ex-girlfriend.

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