- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A West Terre Haute police officer has been suspended without pay following his arrest in connection with a domestic violence investigation.

Ryan E. Martin, 24, appeared in Vigo Superior Court 4 on Monday morning for a preliminary hearing. He was ordered released from the Vigo County Jail by the court, with an additional hearing pending.

Chief Scott Melton of the West Terre Haute Police issued a press release Monday stating that officers were dispatched for a domestic violence report at 12:39 a.m. Sunday to a home in the first block of North Ninth Street. At the scene, police were told that Martin and his wife had been “fighting after a night of drinking.” Martin was off-duty at the time.

Officers at the scene determined that Martin allegedly grabbed his wife by the arms and pushed her against a wall, causing visible signs of minor injury. She refused medical attention. Officers notified Melton of the incident, and then requested the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department take over the investigation because it involved an off-duty WTHPD officer.

Martin was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and was booked into the Vigo County Jail.

“We have begun an internal investigation into the actions of Officer Martin,” chief Melton stated in a news release. “The department will act accordingly, depending on the findings of the court and the administrative investigation. I will not tolerate any criminal actions by any member of the police department.”

Martin has been suspended without pay effective Monday, pending an executive session of the West Terre Haute Town Council.


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