17 charges filed against IMPD officer accused of hitting wife, pulling gun on fellow officer

Officer John Haggard suspended without pay

INDIANAPOLIS - Seventeen felony and misdemeanor charges have been filed against an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer who was arrested last week.

Officer John Haggard, 40, faces charges including criminal confinement, intimidation, battery and criminal recklessness after a Dec. 23 domestic violence incident involving his wife and their neighbors.

According to court documents, Haggard, his wife and their 4-month-old son were driving home when Haggard and his wife got into an argument about his driving.

Haggard's wife, Mary Haggard, said her husband had been drinking and the roads were icy, so she had asked him to be careful, police said.

When they got home, John Haggard told Mary Haggard to get out of the car without her infant son, and when she refused, John Haggard punched her multiple times, the probable cause affidavit said.

Court documents say once the couple was inside their home, John Haggard tried to make his wife leave, and he hit her again when she refused.

Mary Haggard sent text messages to her neighbor, who is also married to an IMPD officer, asking her to come over to the Haggards' home. Mary Haggard, her son and the neighbor then went to the neighbor's home across the street.

According to the probable cause affidavit, John Haggard then forced his way into the neighbor's home, pulled a gun and said he was going to get his son.

The neighbors' 7- and 10-year-old children witnessed John Haggard's intrusion, police said.

John Haggard eventually left, and police were called.

John Haggard has been suspended without pay, and he will make his first court appearance Friday morning.

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