KOSCIUSKO, Miss. (WJTV) – A Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) trooper was arrested on domestic violence charges in Kosciusko.

Kosciusko Police Chief R.J. Adams said Trooper Jeff Watson, 36, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor simple assault. The incident, which was captured on surveillance video, happened on Friday, June 24.

The surveillance video was sent to WJTV 12 News by a viewer. Adams said the man in the video appears to be Watson and his wife.

Watson’s wife was taken to the hospital for treatment after the incident. The motive is unknown at this time.

WJTV 12 News reached out to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) about the arrest.

This is both an open investigation and a personnel matter. The Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety will offer no comment at this time.

Bailey Martin, Press Secretary for Department of Public Safety