INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 20, 2015)-- An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officer has been charged with attempted murder and several other charges.
Officer Justin Beaton, a nine-year IMPD veteran, faces preliminary felony charges of attempted murder, domestic battery in the physical presence of a child, pointing a firearm, and obstruction of justice.
Investigators learned new information this week in the case which provided probable cause to arrest Beaton on Friday.
According to court documents, Beaton's girlfriend suffered multiple fractures, lacerations and abrasions last August. She also had three broken teeth. At the time they explained her injuries as an accident, with Beaton saying he was carrying a bed rail when it went through a glass door and hit her in the face.
"I'm proud of my daughter. She's scared but I'm glad she turned him in," said Dianna Skojac, the victims mother.
Skojac spent hours removing her daughters belongings from Beaton's South Side home
However,this week, his girlfriend went to police and said that Beaton shot at her through a glass door. The gun was loaded with blanks.
"I looked up at the glass door and the barrel of the gun was there and then the next thing I know I had like a real odd ringing in my ear, and I couldn't hear and I fell backwards," she told police.
"And I turned myself like into the house so I didn't hit the ground and I looked up at him and I was bleeding and I said, 'you just shot me.'"
"Live ammunition or blank it doesn't matter-- it's still dangerous,"said Russell Elmore,owner of Elmore Fire Arms.
Elmore says it's a common misconception that "blanks" are harmless.
"You could kill someone with a blank within 20-feet," said Elmore.
Court documents describe Beaton as an alcoholic who has pointed his firearm at his girlfriend before.
"He did it with his duty gun when I was pregnant. Like he's very, very sloppy with his weapons," court documents read.
"I talked to him about his drinking and he said he was going to get it taken care of.She was scared of guns and he would threaten her with guns," said Skojac.
Officer Beaton is currently assigned to the Operations Division on East District. He will be suspended without pay pending termination.
An initial hearing has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.