SWAT Officer Arrested on Assault Charge

Officer reportedly pulled loaded weapon on girlfriend, friend

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    A Flower Mound SWAT officer was arrested earlier this morning after it was alleged he assaulted his girlfriend and displayed a loaded firearm.

    On Thursday, Corinth police obtained an arrest warrant for Flower Mound SWAT Commander Brandon Mitchell, 36, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    The warrant stemmed from a domestic violence incident reported to have occurred on March 10 inside a home he shared with his girlfriend on the 2000-block of Birch Lane. 

    According to the Corinth police, "Mitchell allegedly assaulted his live-in companion and then displayed a loaded firearm in a threatening manner toward the companion and a third party witness. The companion was able to leave the residence and the witness followed."

    Lt. Jimmie Gregg, with the Corinth police, said the woman and male witness were in fear of their lives.

    Mitchell's attorney, Brent Bowen, spoke with NBC 5 on Friday and said that the Corinth Police Department wouldn't tell him what his client's warrant was for, only that it existed.

    When NBC 5 told Bowen what was in the arrest warrant, Bowen said, "That's not what my client or his girlfriend tell me."

    "I talked to the girlfriend. She is not aware of her being assaulted or having an aggravated assault against her," Bowen said.

    Mitchell is a 12-year veteran of the Flower Mound Police Department and is on administrative leave pending the outcome of Corinth's criminal investigation. Flower Mound has opened an internal investigation as well. Flower Mound said Mitchell is the SWAT Commander for the department and is third in command for the SWAT team behind the Patrol Captain and Assistant Chief.

    Mitchell was booked into the Denton County Jail at 9:18 a.m. Friday on the charge.  He posted bond of $15,000 and was released at 10:20 a.m. The charge is a 3rd degree felony.

    The investigation into the alleged assault is ongoing, Corinth police said.