UPDATE: The woman accused of shooting a Chattanooga police officer outside a Waffle House in June faced a judge today.

Brandi Burton had a brief preliminary hearing in Judge Statom's courtroom. 

 

 


PREVIOUS STORY: The attorney representing a woman accused of shooting a Chattanooga police officer said it was all an accident.

Officer Darnell Bryant was shot June 2, outside Waffle House on E. 26th Street during a disorder.

Brandi Burton is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Reckless Endangerment.

Both appeared in court Tuesday morning.

The 26-year-old is out of jail on a $110,000 bond.

This is the first time we're hearing from someone on her side.

Her attorney tells Channel 3 everything that unfolded that night was an accident.

Burton stood in the courtroom Tuesday, just feet away from the police officer she's accused of shooting.

Several videos taken in the moments leading up to and after the gun went off will be key in this case.

Police say Officer Darnell Bryant and another man were shot as Bryant was trying to disarm Burton during a disorder outside the restaurant.

Burton's attorney, Bill Speek, hopes the video will show the gun didn't go off on purpose.

"It's unfortunate. Certainly not anything intentional on her part. Hopefully, the video will figure that out," Speek said.

Speek said he will spend the next two weeks looking at video taken outside the building to prepare for Burton's preliminary hearing.

It's something that doesn't typically happen this early in the court process.

"We're not entitled to discovery at this stage. We've got a good district attorney we're working with who is giving us the information we need," he added.

Bryant's recovery after being shot in the leg, still apparent, as he limped around the courtroom. He remains on paid leave while he recovers.

Everyone will meet back inside the courtroom on June 25.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: The woman wanted for shooting a Chattanooga officer over the weekend is in custody Monday night.

A CPD spokesperson confirms 26-year-old Brandi Burton has turned herself into police.

Burton is accused of shooting two people, including a Chattanooga police officer, at a Waffle House on E. 23rd Street on Sunday morning.

According to the arrest report, Officer Darnell Bryant was shot in the leg as attempted to disarm Burton while she had the gun pointed at another female. 

The report says a second person, Stephan Bryant, was also shot in the leg but the same gunshot as Officer Bryant.

The report says Burton then fled the scene in a White Nissan Maxima.

Officer Bryant and the other victim were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

A CPD spokesperson confirms that Officer Bryant was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Burton is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Reckless Endangerment.

She is scheduled to appear in court on June 11, according to the Hamilton County court docket.

She is also due in court on July 24 for previous charges.

Burton is being held at the Silverdale Detention Center on a $110,000 bond.

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PREVIOUS STORY: A woman at the center of a shooting that injured a Chattanooga police officer and another man is still on the run.

Brandi Burton, 26, is wanted on charges of Aggravated Assault and Reckless Endangerment.

Police said officers were at Waffle House on E. 23rd Street around 4:00 Sunday morning when an officer noticed a disorder outside of the building.

The officer found Burton with a gun and when police said the officer tried to disarm her, it went off, hitting the 30-year-old officer and another man nearby.

Channel 3 learned police have been called to that address 160 times in the last year.

A quarter of those calls were for fights and disorders.

A search of Burton's criminal history shows she's been arrested eight times in Hamilton County as an adult.

Records show she pleaded guilty to theft charges in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

In 2017, she was sentenced to probation for theft.

In March of 2019, records show she was arrested for Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest, accused of "lurching" a car toward a police officer as he was trying to arrest a juvenile in her car for a theft case.

The report shows Burton had her children in the car at the time.

Burton is considered armed and dangerous.

If you know where she is, call 423-698-2525.

You can remain anonymous.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police are asking for the public's help in finding the woman they believe played a role in the weekend shooting of a Chattanooga police officer and another person.

Brandi Burton, 26, is described by police as being 5'02" tall, weighing approx. 102 lbs.

Burton is a suspect in a shooting incident that occurred on June 2, 2019 at 4:00 a.m. at 2024 E. 23rd St. that left two people injured from gunshot wounds, one a CPD Officer. Warrants are on file for Burton's arrest. Charges include two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Reckless Endangerment.

Channel 3 search Burton's arrested records and found:

  • Burton has been arrested 8 times in Hamilton County as an adult
  • She pleaded guilty to theft charges in 2012, 2013, and 2016
  • She was sentenced to probation in 2017 for theft charges
  • Burton was arrested in March of 2019 for charges including assault on police and resisting arrest
  • She was due in court on those charges on July 24, 2019

If you encounter Burton, call police at (423) 698-2525. Police warn that you should not approach Burton if located, call police immediately. Burton is considered to be armed and dangerous.