A LaGrange police officer found himself on the wrong side of the law Saturday morning when he was arrested by Troup County sheriff’s deputies following an alleged domestic violence incident and a separate incident involving a loaded gun.
According to sheriff’s office records, LaGrange Police Officer Christopher Vines, 32, of Courtney Drive was arrested on charges of simple battery and criminal trespass, both under the Family Violence Act, after he allegedly accosted his wife after a night of drinking at a local bar.
The victim told deputies that the two began arguing after returning home from the bar. He allegedly grew angry and threw furniture inside the home, shoved his wife and put his hands around her throat, according to reports. Vines was on top of the victim when she began hitting him in an attempt to escape, the report said.
The woman was able to escape, get into a car and flee. She called 911 and went to a gas station to wait for deputies. Vines allegedly chased her in another vehicle initially, but then passed her and continued down the road. The victim told deputies Vines might have been headed to a Mobley Street residence to pick up their child there.
Deputies sent another unit to the Mobley Street home where they found Vines in the driveway, the report states. Vines had his hand in his pocket and deputies told him to remove his hands from his pocket and show them. Deputies asked if he had a gun, to which he responded, “yes,” according to records.
Vines was told to surrender the gun several times but refused, the report said. A supervisor arrived shortly thereafter and grabbed Vines’ wrist so that he could not remove the gun from his pocket. Another deputy drew his Taser and Vines immediately removed his hand from the pocket and the sheriff’s office supervisor was able to take control of the weapon.
Vines was taken into custody and transported to the Troup County Jail. He was later transferred to another facility in a county north of Troup for his own safety.
LaGrange Chief of Public Safety Lou Dekmar, who oversees the police and fire departments, said Vines resigned after an internal investigation was initiated.
Dekmar told the Daily News that in addition to criminal charges, LPD was looking into a number of policy violations that may have been committed.
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