Wichita police officer arrested for aggravated assault and battery

Wichita Police Department (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police say an off-duty police officer was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail Thursday night.

He has been identified as Branden Glass, through public arrest and jail booking reports. He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and battery. Wichita police say the officer has been employed under a year, and the officer has been suspended with pay.

It all stems from an incident that happened at a home near 10th and St. Paul in Wichita on New Year’s morning.

Police were responding to a disturbance at the home around 1 a.m.

“Once officers arrived at the scene, the learned an off-duty officer was involved in an assault incident at his residence related to the domestic violence incident,” said Deputy Chief Hassan Ramzah, Wichita Police Department.

Through interviews, police believe the off-duty officer had assaulted another person in the home. Police also learned of a prior incident, allegedly involving that same officer.

“Based on further investigation, we learned from some witnesses at that location that another incident occurred back in August 2014 which involved the same off-duty officer using a weapon,” added Ramzah.

Meanwhile, police say they identified four victims which resulted in Glass being arrested for suspicion of aggravated assault.

“We just learned of the incident yesterday. We conducted follow up on that information we received,” said Ramzah.

Police say the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney once the investigation is complete.

KSN asked the district attorney if he would follow up and file official charges in the case.

“No one gets special treatment,” says District Attorney Marc Bennett. “And if there is a legitimate case there, we charge the case and have done so, regrettably, many many times. And will do so in the future.”

Bennett says he has not been presented with case files on the incident, as of Friday afternoon.

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