Louisville Metro Police officer arrested in Clark County, Ind.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An LMPD officer is accused of punching and kicking his wife and spitting on a sheriff's deputy.
Prosecutors say Metro Police Officer Jonathon Osborne punched his wife in the face while she was driving Sunday night in Clark County. That led to several more violent confrontations, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The officer's bloody mug shot looks like he was in a violent confrontation, but Clark County prosecutors say he started it.
"It is alleged that he punched his wife who was driving a car which did result in the car leaving the roadway, striking a tractor and resulting in injuries to her that required her hospitalization," said Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.
It happened in the parking lot of Ray's Lawn and Garden in Sellersburg. Prosecutors say after the crash, Osborne continued the attack when a witness got involved.
Mull said, “One of the citizens that did observe the crash did end up being in an altercation with the defendant here, trying to restrain him and to keep him from assaulting the victim in this case."
Osborne's face was cleaned up by Monday afternoon when he was walked into a Clark County courtroom in handcuffs.
"It's a very difficult time for him, not only because of the things that are happening to him professionally, but personally as well," said Jeffersonville attorney Bart Betteau, Osborne's attorney.
However, Betteau said there's more to the story. "The fact that the facts reported by one side seem pretty egregious doesn't mean that that's the case. Of course there's two sides to every argument and we've got a different version than what you see in the probable cause affidavit."
The affidavit says Osborne punched and kicked his wife, but Betteau says the officer is worried about her condition.
"That's all he is concerned about really; he had very little concern about his own plight right now. He is very upset as I said, but really his concern is for his wife," Betteau explained.
LMPD won't comment on camera about the case but released a statement saying: “We are aware of the charges our officer is alleged to have committed in Indiana. Officer Osborne is afforded due process and we will await the results of his case in court. In the meantime, the Chief has initiated a Professional Standards investigation into this matter and, therefore, in accordance with KRS 15.520 we are prohibited from speaking further on this particular case.”
As Osborne's court hearing wrapped up, plain clothes LMPD officers showed up.
"I can only say that officers from the public integrity unit of the Louisville Metropolitan police department were here to address the defendant as it relates to this incident,” Mull said.
Osborne's bond is set at 30,000. He is scheduled to be back in court on Wednesday morning.
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