A Fort Wayne police sergeant who received the department's Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Citation four years ago now faces accusations of domestic battery and strangulation.
Boyce J. Ballinger, 48, is on paid leave until the Board of Safety meets to consider Chief Steve Reed's petition for unpaid status, Fort Wayne Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena said by email Monday. She described the procedure as standard.
Ballinger was released Monday pending a Thursday court hearing.
Charging documents filed Monday allege Ballinger harmed his wife about 10:30 p.m. Saturday after they returned home from a social gathering and she asked whether he drank anything other than beer.
Angered, Ballinger charged at her, placing his hands around her neck and pushing her into a wall, the probable cause affidavit said.
Ballinger relaxed pressure on her neck after a few seconds, the document said, and the woman ran to their bedroom and locked the door. She then sent text messages and pictures to Fort Wayne police Capt. Mitch McKinney and opened the bedroom door while on the phone with Robert Elmer, also of the police department, the documents said.
Police arrived at the home shortly after 11 p.m.
The woman complained of pain and had scrapes, but she did not require treatment at a hospital, the documents said. Police reported Ballinger was under the influence of alcohol, and he was treated at a hospital.
Their relationship has no history of domestic violence, the documents said.
Along with receiving letters of commendation in May 2013 and September 2019, Ballinger was awarded the department's Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Citation in May 2016.
He was seriously injured while responding to a domestic violence report in April 2016. In that incident, the suspect stabbed two people in a house on St. Marys Avenue, then began a fire in the home. Ballinger was hospitalized due to lung damage caused by smoke inhalation. His promotion to sergeant was announced that spring.
Ballinger's salary is about $89,700, state records show.
Matthew LeBlanc of The Journal Gazette contributed to this report.