Court docs: Fishers police officer charged with battery after punching man who tried to break up argument with wife
FISHERS, Ind.– A Fishers police officer was formally charged Wednesday with one count of battery with bodily injury.
According to court documents, police responded to a call on October 15 about a fight between two men at The Columns, located at 230 West Main Street in Greenwood.
An officer located the victim, who had scratches, redness in his face and blood coming from his nose. There was a small pool of blood nearby. The officer saw a trail of blood on the sidewalk, which led to where the victim was sitting.
The other man, later identified as Fishers police officer Charles Kingery, had left the scene. His wife, however, stayed at the scene. She told police she and her husband had been drinking and got into an argument over “an affair,” according to court documents.
A man witnessing the argument stepped in and tried to intervene. Kingery became aggressive and punched him in the face, according to court documents.
They attempted to contact Kingery to have him return to the scene, but were unable to reach him. His wife told police his mother lives nearby, and he might have gone there.
The man told police he saw the argument and believed Kingery was becoming verbally abusive with his wife, so he tried to step in and stop the situation. While he was trying to separate them, he said Kingery pushed him several times and said, “You can’t handle this.”
The man said Kingery punched him in the face and then took off on foot. He was treated for a broken nose at St. Francis hospital.
Officers were eventually able to locate Kingery at his mother’s residence and transport him to the Greenwood Police Department.
When officers spoke to Kingery, he told them he had been drinking with his wife earlier that night at a wedding reception. He said he went to confront his wife about an affair and said he was angry about learning this information.
He said while they were arguing, the man “got in his face.” Kingery admitted to punching him in the face and then calling his mother to come pick him up. He said he was acting in self defense, but had no complaints of pain or injury.