LMPD officer appears in court - WDRB 41 Louisville News

LMPD officer appears in court

A Louisville Metro Police officer accused of assaulting his wife and threatening her with a gun in Florida was back in a courtroom Monday, this time in Louisville.

Lt. Jerald Fifer was arrested in Florda earlier this month on domestic violence charges, accused of hitting his wife.  Monday, the judge renewed the emergency protective orders his wife took out against him.  She and her family say they fear for their lives.

As he walked out of a Jefferson County courtroom, Lt. Jerald Fifer declined to answer questions about whether his situation could have been avoided.  Fifer was arrested earlier this month near Tampa, Florida and charged with false imprisonment, domestic violence, and battery, accused of assaulting his wife, Sheri.

In court, Judge Donna Delahanty renewed the emergency protective orders Sheri and her family had sought against him.  Bart McMahon, Sheri Fifer's attorney, pointed out, "Anybody who files for a protective order has a great deal of fear, and given what's occurred, she has fear."

Court records show on June 18, the two were driving in Florida when an argument ensued.  Sheri claims Jerald Fifer "struck her in the side of the head," then pulled out a ".38 (handgun) and told me he was going to kill himself."

Sheri Fifer claims she knocked the gun away, pulled over, and ran off.  Court records indicate Fifer grabbed her and threw her in the truck before he was pulled over and arrested.

McMahon says of his client, "She wants to handle this matter privately, and that's why she chose not to make a statement."  In the petition for the orders, Sheri and her family members claim they "fear for their lives," and that as a police officer, "Jerald Fifer has access to many weapons."  Another wrote, "I want him to stay away."

McMahon adds, "There has been no violation and that shows that he is doing the responsible thing at this point in time."  Sheri Fifer's attorney says his client plans to file for divorce as a direct result of the incident in Florida.  She plans to file for divorce in Clark County, Indiana where the couple had lived.

Lt. Fifer is now on paid administrative leave from the police department.   The state attorney in Florida has yet to officially file charges against him.

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