Paris police officer charged in infant son’s death
PARIS, Tenn. — Just more than two weeks after the death of 3-month-old Gunner Page, his father is arrested and charged with murder. Paris Police Officer Christopher Warren Page, 28, of Puryear, was arrested Thursday on counts of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Henry County Jail officials confirmed late Wednesday that Page was booked just before 5 p.m. He was taken to the Carroll County Jail where he was held without bond. At the request of District Attorney General Matt Stowe, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation into Gunner’s death. The TBI said the infant died Sept. 7. Five days before, on Sept. 2, Henry County EMS logs show medics responded to a call for help at the Pages’ home on Howard Road in Puryear because a 3-month-old wasn’t breathing. Family friends told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Gunner suffered severe head trauma and whiplash equivalent to a bad car wreck. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said his department is not handling the case because of a conflict of interest with “work relationships.” Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said Chris Page was terminated Thursday after the chief learned of the felony charges. Elizondo said Page was a probationary officer, which meant he rode with another officer while on duty as he awaited going to the Tennessee Police Academy. According to the chief, Page began with the department on June 1 of this year.