Police: Children were in home when IMPD officer allegedly hit wife

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 28, 2015) – An argument between a husband and wife ended with police arresting one of their own.  Johnathan Burger was arrested after police were called to a domestic disturbance at his home on Cambry Road Sunday night.

Police documents reveal during the incident four kids were home ranging in age from 16-years-old to 5-years-old.  The Burgers told investigators the two were arguing about sleeping arrangements when the argument turned violent.  Mrs. Burger says her husband hit her in the nose, knocked her to the ground, and pinned her there.  She told investigators she tried to scratch her husband’s face, yelled to her 16-year-old daughter for help, and to call 911.

Mrs. Burger used the phone her daughter had to call 911.

“It’s a really scary thing to make a phone call against someone you love even if they are hurting you,” explains Jenni White, with Coburn Place.

Coburn Place is a transitional housing facility for victims of domestic violence.   The center has 35 apartments and is constantly full.

“It can happen to anyone because domestic violence and particularly intimate partner violence is all about power and control. Someone trying to have power and control over someone else without their permission,” explains White.

When investigators asked Mr. Burger if he thought he committed domestic violence he told them “I mean, I hit my wife in the face with my hand.  Her nose was busted.  I mean, I don’t know what else to call it.  It wasn’t that I wanted to beat her up or anything like that.”

Mr. Burger went on to tell investigators, “I’ve done enough domestic violence arrests to know that I would charge this case as you’re probably going to do.”

Mr. Burger has been charged with domestic battery and battery with injury.

He’s been with the IMPD for seven years and is now on administrative leave.

Mr. Burger will be in court Thursday morning.