Franklin police officer placed on unpaid leave following domestic battery arrest

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Bryan Burton

FRANKLIN, Ind.  – An officer with the City of Franklin Police Department was arrested on Sunday for domestic battery.

According to police, they were dispatched to a report of a family dispute around 3:20 p.m. Franklin police requested county units respond because one of the people involved is a Franklin officer.

When deputies arrived at the scene, a woman, Jordan Burton, told officers she was grabbed by the arm by her husband, Officer Bryan Burton.

According to Jordan, the incident began when she returned home with her daughter and found that a minor in the home babysitting her 7-month-old baby even though the minor is not allowed to. At that time, Jordan took her baby and walked outside.

Jordan Burton

Jordan Burton

Bryan heard what was going on from upstairs and followed Jordan outside.

Bryan told her she was not going to take their baby. Jordan tried to get in her car, but Bryan allegedly grabbed her arm.

Bryan then prevented her from closing the door and managed to grab the keys from her. She says that he then began removing the battery so she couldn’t leave.

Officers observed a significant red mark on Jordan’s arm where she says Bryan grabbed her, and they placed him under arrest for domestic battery.

Officers spoke with the minor present in the home who said Bryan was trying to prevent Jordan from leaving with her baby because the infant wasn’t in the car seat, and he was concerned for the safety of the child. He also stated that Jordan struck him with a closed fist in his left temple. Officers observed a red mark on his left temple.

As a result, officers also arrested Jordan for domestic battery.

The Office of the Chief of Police for Franklin issued the following statement on Monday following Bryan’s arrest.

The City of Franklin was very disappointed to learn last evening of the arrest of one of our officers, Bryan Burton. City police were dispatched to a residence in response to a domestic disturbance and discovered the involvement of our officer. To avoid the appearance of conflict or impropriety, we contacted the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office who conducted the investigation resulting in the officers’ arrest. The city has placed Bryan Burton on unpaid leave pending a merit commission hearing for final action.

The City would like to thank the Sheriff’s Office for their assistance. Incidents of this nature simply cannot be tolerated in our community.

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