Fort Wayne police officer accused of strangling wife after she questioned how drunk he was

A probable cause affidavit indicates that 48-year-old officer Boyce J. Ballinger is facing a felony strangulation charge and a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in connection to a domestic violence incident that took place late Saturday night.

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 2:24 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2020 10:01 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A police officer was arrested over the weekend after injuring his wife after she questioned how drunk he was after getting home from a gathering, according to court documents.

A probable cause affidavit indicates that 48-year-old officer Boyce J. Ballinger is facing a felony strangulation charge and a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in connection to a domestic violence incident that took place late Saturday night.

Just after 11:30 p.m. Ballinger's his wife allegedly tried to ask him how much alcohol he drank while they were at a gathering with their neighbors and this "angered Boyce and he got up off the couch and charged at her."

According to court documents, Boyce placed both of his hands around her neck and pushed her into the wall.

His wife told police that she was strangled by Ballinger for a "couple of seconds" before she was able to run away and locked herself in their master bedroom.

Court documents say after she got into the bedroom she sent texts and pictures to a Fort Wayne police captain of what happened.

Officers were dispatched to the home at 10:49 p.m. arrived at the home at 11:07 p.m.

His wife told officers that she had trouble breathing.

According to court documents, officers say she had "redness and abrasions to her neck."

A spokesperson for FWPD said Ballinger was placed on administrative leave with pay immediately after he was arrested.

FWPD says Chief Steve Reed plans to file a petition to the city's Board of Public Safety to have Ballinger's status changed to unpaid leave.

The petition will be presented during the board's next meeting.

Investigators say they have been married for three years.

Ballinger's court hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning at 11:30.

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