State trooper argument at CCB caught on tape

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Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - The investigation into what happened between an Indiana State Trooper and a high ranking Metro Police officer just got bigger.

Channel 13 has learned that there is now an internal investigation underway by the IMPD Internal Affairs officers - and that the altercation is caught on audio tape.

Sources tell Channel 13 Crime Beat Reporter Steve Jefferson that the entire confrontation is on a digital audio recorder.

ISP announced its internal investigation earlier this week.

It centers around Master Trooper Wayne Billings getting into an altercation after showing up at the office of IMPD Deputy Chief William Benjamin. The office is located on the second floor of the City-County Building in downtown Indianapolis.

The two argued over an undisclosed personal matter.

Another high-ranking IMPD official heard the arguing in Benjamin's office and reportedly intervened by stepping between the two.

Sources say the second IMPD officer pulled his service weapon and ordered the Billings to leave, but IMPD has not confirmed that actually took place.

The ISP superintendent placed Trooper Billings on administrative duty during the internal probe. State Police Internal Affairs Officers will determine if Billings violated department policy.

IMPD immediately told Channel 13 the department is fully cooperating with State Police.

Less than 24 hours later IMPD announced its own Internal Affairs probe and declined further comment on the matter.

Deputy Chief William Benjamin is in charge of all IMPD investigations and has had a tremendous and successful track record overseeing high profile crimes.