Officer with U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, wife charged with domestic abuse battery
POSTED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 11:01am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 2:22pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A 13-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Task Force and his wife are both charged with Domestic Abuse Battery last night for an incident that happened during the 4th of July holiday.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that Cpl. Larry Walters, 38, and his wife Angela Walters, 36, were involved in a physical fight shortly before 2:00 a.m. on Friday, July 5.
Officials say the husband and wife both suffered from minor injuries. Both were issued misdemeanor summons on Tuesday, July 9.
Last month Chief Carl Dabadie announced that officers would no longer have the discretion to issue a summons for violent misdemeanor offenses.
“As a matter of policy, our officers are expected to book all violent misdemeanors,” Chief Dabadie explained in a past interview with NBC33 News. “That may include certain types of assaults, batteries, any domestic violence laws, and any other misdemeanor crimes against persons that are deemed to be violent in nature.”
NBC33 News asked why this case was different.
“Our policy allows for summonses to be issued in mutually combative domestic incidents where both parties are being charged with a misdemeanor,” Lt. Don Kelly, Baton Rouge Police Department media spokesperson, said.
Cpl. Walters has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
Click here to see a list of recent domestic abuse arrests in Baton Rouge.