Ex-FWPD officer changes plea in strangulation, domestic battery case

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A former Fort Wayne Police sergeant accused of strangling his wife after a night of drinking has pleaded guilty.

Boyce J. Ballinger, 48, appeared in Allen Superior Court Thursday for a change of plea hearing and a sentencing date has been set for Feb. 25.

Boyce J. Ballinger

Ballinger had faced charges of Strangulation and Domestic Battery related to an Oct. 17 incident.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Ballinger’s wife approached him about the amount he had been drinking after he got home after a gathering with neighbors. She said at that point, Ballinger got angry with her and charged at her.

The affidavit said Ballinger put both hands around her neck and pushed her into a wall near the stairs. The woman said the encounter lasted only for a couple of seconds.

Once Ballinger took his hands off of her, she then ran upstairs into the bedroom and locked the door, the affidavit said.

Ballinger followed his wife and proceeded to bang on the door, the affidavit said. She said it was “like he was breaking the door,” she told police.

Ballinger’s wife eventually texted another member of the Fort Wayne Police Department about what happened. Police arrived at the home and talked with both Ballinger and his wife, and he was arrested.

The woman suffered neck pain along with redness and abrasions to her neck, the affidavit said.

After the incident, Ballinger was placed on administrative leave and relieved of duty.

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