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Former Etowah police chief Eric Armstrong is still at large and being sought on a misdemeanor warrant issued in McMinn County, Tennessee, charging him with assault by domestic violence.

He has possibly been seen in the Bryson City, North Carolina, area, according to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

Armstrong has been sought since an incident Sunday morning when deputies answered a domestic call at Armstrong's home on County Road 461 around 6 a.m., according to a statement from Guy. The deputies took a report from a woman they said had a "facial injury" she told officers was caused by her boyfriend, whom she identified as Armstrong. The two had been having a fight, the sheriff said. The woman declined medical treatment and was taken to a family member's home.

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McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy speaks at a news conference in Charleston.

"We are concerned that Eric has not turned himself in on the arrest warrant nor contacted us about resolving this issue," Guy said Wednesday. "We hope he will do the right thing."

McMinn authorities have since received a tip that Armstrong may have been in Bryson City Sunday evening, Guy said.

Armstrong, 47, is described as white, 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 200 pounds with grey-brown hair, a grey-brown goatee, and brown eyes, authorities said. Armstrong may be driving a blue-grey 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck bearing Tennessee license plate 5T1-1H0.

Armstrong was gone when authorities arrived at the home Sunday and the warrant has been awaiting his arrest or for him to turn himself in.

He was fired from his job Monday by Etowah city manager Tina M. Tuggle.

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Etowah police det. Jim Shaw is serving as interim police chief.

"In light of the situation and charges that have now been filed against Mr. Eric Armstrong, the City administration, via the City Manager has officially terminated Mr. Armstrong from the position of Chief of Police as of 6:00 a.m. this morning," Tuggle said in the statement issued Monday. Detective Jim Shaw has taken the helm as interim chief, she said.

Armstrong was picked for the chief's position in Etowah in February 2011 from a group of five applicants. At the time, he had been working at the department since 2002, Times Free Press archives show. When he was hired as chief, Armstrong replaced former chief Phil Robinette, who had resigned Dec. 31, 2010, archives show.

Anyone who has information on Eric Armstrong's whereabouts is urged to call the McMinn County Sheriff's Office at 423-745-5620, the McMinn County 911 Center or contact Sheriff Guy on any of his social media accounts.

Contact Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569. Follow him on Twitter @BenBenton or at www.facebook.com/benbenton1.

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