Trooper Suspended In Squabble With IMPD Officers

Veteran Trooper Made Accusations Against Deputy Chief, Sources Say

A veteran state trooper accused in a physical altercation with two high-ranking Indianapolis police officers has been suspended.

State police said Master Trooper Detective Wayne Billings -- a 31-year veteran -- was found to have used his police authority in a personal matter that did not did not involve a crime in progress, a violation of agency rules, and will be suspended for two days.

Sources close to the investigation told 6News' Jack Rinehart that Billings went to the office of Indianapolis police Deputy Chief of Investigations William Benjamin in August in plain clothes and identified himself as a state police detective, but never showed a badge or identification.

Eyewitnesses said Billings then made accusations of a personal nature against Benjamin, and that Benjamin vehemently denied the allegations.

A loud argument ensued, and sources said Billings tried to run out of the office.

An eyewitness said Benjamin called out to his top aide, Major Chris Boomershine, for help, and that Boomershine intercepted Billings, blocking him from leaving the office.

Boomershine asked Billings if he was carrying a weapon, and Billings lifted his shirt, putting his hand on his duty weapon, the source said.

Boomershine then knocked Billings' hand away from the gun and "snatched" the weapon from his holster, the eyewitness said, while other detectives put Billings in handcuffs.

Only after a search of Billings did Benjamin and Boomershine find his badge, identification and a running tape recorder that captured the altercation from start to finish, the eyewitness said.

Sources familiar with the incident said Billings spent an hour in handcuffs in a police interrogation room until his state police supervisors arrived.

Billings had been placed on administrative duty during the internal investigation.