Nashville Firefighter kicks in Mt. Juliet door of ex-wife; strangles new boyfriend

MT. JULIET, TN – Nashville firefighter John Judkins is out on a $3,000 bond in Wilson County, after Mt. Juliet Police say he kicked in his ex-wife’s door, and assaulted both her and her new boyfriend at 5 a.m. last Sunday morning.

John M. Judkins (WCSO)

According to two arrest warrants, 45-year-old John Judkins went to the Mt. Juliet home of his ex-wife at on Sunday, March 31st, while she and her new boyfriend were asleep in her bedroom. Judkins reportedly knocked on the door and became ‘hostile’ when the victims would not answer the door at 5 a.m. Judkins then kicked in the door and entered the bedroom, where he was confronted by the new boyfriend, however Judkins reportedly grabbed the new boyfriend by the throat, impairing his ability to breath, and shouted threats to his ex-wife during the assault. 

His ex-wife attempt to come to the aid of her new boyfriend, who was being strangled by Judkins, but he shoved her to the floor as she approached him. Officers note injuries consistent with the described assault. Judkins was taken into custody, and booked on charges of domestic assault, and aggravated assault. He served the required 12-hour domestic violence hold, then posted a $3,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court in May.

Joseph Pleasant, Public Information Officer for the Nashville Fire Department, sent Scoop: Nashville this statement when asked about Junkins’ current active-duty status:

“We are aware of the charges against Firefighter John Judkins. He is currently off duty on prior scheduled vacation leave. When returns to duty he will be advised of his duty schedule.”

When further asked if Judkins complied with department domestic violence policy, which requires reporting any incidents or arrests with 72 hours, Pleasant noted:


“As part of our Civil Service process we will not be able to make a statement on his compliance or failure to comply with any of our OPGs because that could hamper further disciplinary procedures if warranted.”


“The arrest of Firefighter Judkins should not reflect on the other more than 1,200 personnel who serve the residents and visitors of Nashville with pride.”
-Joseph Pleasant, NFD PIO

Judkins was hired by the Nashville Fire Department in 2013.


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