FRANKFORT, ILLINOIS – Frankfort police officer Donald Walsh, 29, was arrested in Mokena and charged with domestic battery July 25, after allegedly choking and headbutting a woman, Sun-Times Media reports.
Mokena police said they responded to a 9-1-1 call at 3:48 a.m. on the 11500 block of Stratford Road, from a 9-year-old girl who heard her mother screaming. When officers arrived on the scene, the victim, a 31-year-old woman with whom Walsh had an on-and-off dating relationship, approached them from a neighbor’s home and told them that Walsh was inside the woman’s home with a gun to his head and that he had threatened to kill himself, Mokena police said.
Officers made contact with him at the front door, detained him, and determined that a domestic battery had taken place, police said. Walsh was taken into custody, processed, and transported to Will County Jail, police said. Walsh posted bail and was released later on Wednesday, according to the Sun-Times Media report.
Frankfort Police Chief John Burica declined to comment on the incident, calling it a personnel issue.
“It’s an open investigation, so he’s on administrative leave until the investigation’s closed,” Burica said.
According to police reports, Walsh had texted the woman earlier in the night and told her he would be over around midnight, but didn’t show up until about an hour before police were called. Police said the couple argued about text messages, and that Walsh demanded to see the woman’s phone. When he couldn’t unlock the phone to view it, Walsh proceeded to choke the woman, strike her with the bottom of his right fist, and head-butt her, police said. According to police reports, the woman sustained bruising and other injuries.
According to Mokena police, Walsh gave a conflicting statement about the incident, claiming that the woman had attacked him and that he had only tried to restrain her. However, the victim’s daughter stated that she went into the bedroom and saw him on top of her mother, choking and punching her, police said.
Mokena police said they had no record of previous incidents of domestic violence in relation to Walsh.