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FWPD officer charged with domestic battery, strangulation

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Fort Wayne police sergeant is accused of strangling his wife after attending a party this weekend.

Boyce Ballinger, 48, is charged with strangulation and domestic battery in connection with an incident that happened on Sunday, Oct. 17.

The woman told responding officers she and Ballinger had been at a gathering at the neighbor's home before they went home.

She said Ballinger went to lie down, and she asked him if he had drunk anything other than beer. She told police she was concerned with how intoxicated he was.

Ballinger became angry, and that's when she said he charged at her.

She told police he put both hands around her neck and pushed her into the wall.

When he released the pressure on her neck, the woman ran upstairs and locked herself in their upstairs bedroom.

Ballinger ran after her, and the woman said he banged on the door like he was trying to break it down.

She called police and responding officers questioned both of them.

Responding officers saw redness and abrasions on her neck. She also had neck and shoulder pain.

Ballinger is a Fort Wayne Police sergeant.

Public information officer Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena said he has been relieved of duty and is on paid leave until the Board of Safety takes up Chief Steve Reed's petition to put him on unpaid status on Nov. 5.

She said this is standard procedure in these types of situations.

According to Ballinger's Internal Affairs file, he was commissioned in 2003 as a lateral hire.

In 2013, the department suspended Ballinger for "alertness on duty," and "appropriate communications and insubordination."

The file also notes six police vehicle crashes he was involved in.

During his time as an officer, he received three letters of commendation, the Purple Heart award and the Distinguished Service Citation.

The department promoted Ballinger to sergeant in 2016.

The judge put out a no-contact order and allowed Ballinger to be released on his own recognizance.

His next court hearing is set for Oct. 22.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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