Police: IMPD officer faces 17 charges related to attack involving wife

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INDIANAPOLIS – A veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department faces 17 charges following an incident in which police say he attacked his wife and threatened his neighbors.

John Haggard, 40, was arrested on Christmas Eve, the day after the altercation. Charges against him include multiple counts of criminal confinement, intimidation, criminal recklessness and battery.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Haggard drank alcohol at a holiday dinner. He and his wife argued about his driving on the way home and their argument escalated, with Haggard hitting his wife because she refused to leave their young son in the car. Haggard brought the baby inside, and then told his wife to leave. She refused to do so without her child.

Haggard’s wife texted a neighbor for help, and the other woman coaxed the baby away from Haggard, taking the boy and his mother to her home. Haggard later arrived at the neighboring residence, pushed his way past the door and pulled his gun, according to court documents. He demanded to see his son, but finally left after arguing with his neighbor, also an IMPD officer.

Neighbors described Haggard as “definitely intoxicated” when speaking to police about the incident.

An initial hearing is set for Friday.

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