A Fort Wayne police sergeant charged with felony strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery has been placed on unpaid leave until his case is concluded.
The Board of Public Safety voted unanimously Thursday, upon recommendation of Police Chief Steve Reed, to remove Sgt. Boyce Ballinger from paid status.
Neither Ballinger, 48, nor his attorney, Adam Henry, was at the safety board meeting. Malak Heiny, attorney for the safety board, said Henry told him that Ballinger would accept the decision.
Ballinger's wife alleged he pushed in her neck for two to three seconds and nearly broke down their bedroom door Oct. 17.
She refused medical assistance at the scene. She had redness and abrasions to her neck, a police officer wrote in a probable cause affidavit.
While locked in her bedroom, Ballinger's wife sent texts and photos to Capt. Mitch McKinney and was talking to officer Robert Elmer when police responded to the home, the probable cause affidavit said.
Ballinger has a court hearing Dec. 14.
Ballinger, whose annual salary is about $89,700, received the department's Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Citation four years ago after responding to a domestic dispute involving a house fire.
Ballinger ran into a building after a suspect inside the home stabbed two people and started a fire in the home.