JEFFERSONTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A Jeffersontown police officer is facing assault charges after a domestic altercation with his wife. WAVE 3's Caton Bredar spoke with the Jeffersontown chief and has the details on the arrest.
There are many letters of recognition on file for 39-year-old Officer Torray Walker, a six-year veteran of the Jeffersontown Police Department. On Wednesday, Walker was arrested and charged with domestic abuse.
Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders says it has been a rough 36 hours for he and his men that started when they had to arrest one of their own.
"According to state law, when you have a domestic violence or action, we shall take action and place the person under arrest. So we did that," Sanders said.
Walker, a Jeffersontown resident and member of the Police Department's honor guard, apparently got into a dispute with his wife Wednesday morning.
"During that dispute, there had been some physical touching, some contact between the two," said Sanders.
While no one was seriously injured, Walker has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the department's investigation.
"Officer Walker is an exemplary officer. He has 26 letters of commendation in his file. He has not had any disciplinary action, " Sanders said.
It is a possible loss of honor for an officer previously known to guard it.
"The policemen are human beings. They have issues at home like anyone else and we're not exempt from that sort of thing, but it's disturbing, it's very unnerving, it's unfortunate," said Sanders.
Sanders said that Walker, who also served previously with the Lexington Police, is an outstanding officer.
If convicted of 4th degree assault, he would face the loss of the right to carry a firearm, which would bring his career as a police officer to an end. After being booked at Louisville Metro Corrections, Walker was released on bond.