State Police investigating elected official after alleged domestic violence incident

Elected official under investigation
'Elected official' under investigation

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WTHR) - Indiana State Police are trying to determine whether a domestic disturbance in the home of a Johnson County elected official was a quarrel, self defense or a crime.

According the initial police report, the "victim reported that she was battered and held confined," then was “transported to the local hospital" where she was “treated for bruises, scratches and a contusion to her right eye.”

State police are not naming the suspect; neither is Eyewitness News, nor are we releasing the name of the alleged victim. In a telephone interview days after the incident, the suspect told WTHR, "A guest in my home attacked me and that's the end of it."

It happened around midnight March 4, according to investigators. The woman involved went to a neighbor's house and 9-1-1 was called.

When deputies realized an elected official was involved, state police were called to the scene.

"I was sleeping on a couch and woke up to a woman attacking me," the man told WTHR in the same phone interview. The couple has been dating for about two years. That night, they had dinner together. Later “she was enraged" after finding pictures of an old girlfriend on his tablet.

“I have a right to defend myself," he added. "She was the instigator, the aggressor." When we asked if she was hurt in the altercation, he said, "I don't know."

A picture of the woman obtained by Eyewitness News shows her at the hospital with a swollen and bruised right eye.

The man called the incident "a stunt she orchestrated" for attention and claimed there had been previous incidents. “She is a violent person," he said, but insisted, "I love her.”

According to the police report, detectives are investigating the potential of “domestic battery with moderate bodily injury and confinement." Both of those are felonies.

Realizing the investigation will be heavily scrutinized, detectives are proceeding carefully. Evidence they gather will be presented to a specially appointed prosecutor and judge.