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Story published: 07-09-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Cook, son charged with domestic assault following incident

Longtime Jonesborough business owner and organizer of the town-run Music On The Square program Steve Cook was arrested late last month on an aggravated domestic assault charge.

Officers with the Jonesborough Police Department arrested Cook, who has owned and operated Jonesborough Art Glass Gallery on Main Street for decades, and his son following an altercation on the afternoon of June 29.

According to the police report, Robert Gunnin, 41, came to 902 Depot St. to see his child and get some property from the residence. Cook was at the location and reportedly began spraying his son with a water hose, then struck him with the hose in the back of the head.

Cook, 55, told police Gunnin had sprayed him with the hose before Cook took it and swung it at his son.

Gunnin allegedly began hitting Cook in the head with his hands during the incident.

Officers reported seeing injuries to the lower left portion of Gunninís head consistent with a blow from a hose. He also appeared to have redness on his knuckles that indicated he could have hit Cook during the incident.

Cook did not, however, have any visible injuries, according to the police report.

Cook was charged with aggravated domestic assault. Gunnin was charged with domestic assault.

Both men were transported to the Washington County Detention Center.

Police reportedly have video of the incident.