Wayne Township firefighter on leave after arrest in battery case

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Nov. 3, 2015) – A firefighter with the Wayne Township Fire Department is on leave after being arrested in Brownsburg over the weekend.

Lt. Troy Wymer notified the department that he was taken into custody by Brownsburg police for unlawful entry and battery on November 1, according to Capt. Mike Pruitt from the Wayne Township Fire Department.

According to a report from the Brownsburg Police Department, Wymer and his ex-wife had been arguing via text message because their son didn't want to go to Wymer's home.

A probable cause affidavit shows the conversation via text message between the couple.

Victim: "U need to chill out and relax and quit acting so (expletive) crazy."

Wymer: "on my way."

The ex-wife said Wymer then forced his way into her home after she told him he couldn't see their son. Wymer then grabbed her wrist and shoved her in a closet, the report said. The woman also said Wymer threatened her life.

Court records show the victim said Wymer told her "I will kill you, you (expletive) (expletive)."

The victim told police Wymer had been violent to her in the past. She said she previously obtained a protective order because he allegedly "tied to run her over with his car."

When officers spoke to Wymer about the incident, he cooperated with investigators and denied the allegations, the report said.

Charging documents show Wymer told police he went to the home, but never went inside. Documents also show Wymer allegedly threatened to the life of the family whom Wymer's ex-wife and son were staying with.  The person told police in August, Wymer verbally threatened her on the phone saying he would "kill my fat (expletive) (expletive)  and come in my house anytime he wanted as his son was there."

Cpt. Jennifer Barrett with the Brownsburg Police Department said they do not take domestic violence cases lightly.

“Domestic violence is a serious issue and we take it very seriously here in Brownsburg and as well in Hendricks County," Cpt. Barrett said.

The offense was allegedly committed in front of three children, including the couple's son. Cpt. Barrett said that increases the charges from a misdemeanor to a level 6 felony in the presence of a child less than 14.

Wymer is currently on paid personal leave. When he returns, he’ll be assigned to the Wayne Township Fire Department Headquarters for administrative duty while the case is resolved.

In 1999, Wymer was arrested in Johnson County for battery resulting in bodily injury. Court records show in 2000, he was set to complete a pretrial diversion program. The charges against him were dropped in 2001.

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