CARMEL, Ind. - Police arrested a Carmel firefighter Thursday night on charges of domestic battery and criminal confinement.
Bruce Gipson, 53, of Indianapolis was taken into IMPD custody after police received two separate 911 calls on behalf of Gipson's wife.
Police said the first call came from a friend of the victim, who called 911 after receiving a text message from the victim with a pre-arranged distress signal indicating she was in danger.
"I'm calling for a friend," the caller said to the 911 dispatcher. "Her husband has been drinking whiskey and being violent. And so she texted me a bunch of jumbled numbers and that was our code to call the cops for her."
Police were dispatched to the 7200 block of Harbor Isle. While they were on their way, police got a second call from the victim's son.
According to the police report, the police entered the home and found Gipson at the doorway to the master bedroom in an apparent aggressive and agitated state.
Police said Gipson kept his wife confined in the master bathroom by blocking and pushing her, after she indicated that she wanted to end the relationship.
Gipson has been with the Carmel Fire Department for 13 years, and at one time served as the coordinator of Carmel Fire Department's Honor Guard. Before joining up with the fire department, Gipson was a Carmel police officer for six years.