Gary officer accused in ‘domestic matter’
Post-Tribune staff report April 29, 2013 11:02PM
Shanesha Emmons,(center) is sworn in as a Gary Police officer during a ceremony before friends and famiy at the Gary City Hall February 19, 2008. | File Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 1, 2013 6:26AM
GARY--At 5 a.m. Saturday morning, Patrolman Shanesha Emmons was off duty when she barged into her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend’s home and the women began to argue, a police report states.
The argument continued for several minutes, with the man in question, a Gary officer hired with Emmons in March, 2008, keeping the women separate.
Chief Wade Ingram said Monday he did not plan to transfer Emmons from her assignment on the Crime Suppression Unit while the department’s Internal Affairs Division investigates the matter. Gary police are also investigating the woman’s complaint, but the 32-year-old woman may also take her matter to Lake County police for assistance, sources said.
Although the matter is classified as a disturbance involving harassment and trespassing, police said the victim was treated for injuries incurred during the incident. Ingram described it as a “domestic matter.”
Emmons was not arrested. Ingram said “Nothing really jumped out at me too much,” Ingram said after reading the report. “She (Emmons) hasn’t been charged with a crime. There’s nothing too egregious.”
Emmons arrived at the woman’s home in the 2800 block of Van Buren Street and the male officer met her at the door. Emmons and the victim began shouting and swearing, then “started swinging at each other,” forcing the man to step between them. He eventually convinced Emmons to leave the house.
But then from the curb, Emmons called the woman names and they “started to go after each other again,” forcing the male officer to intercede again, the report states.
Emmons left, but returned again and stepped onto the victim’s property. “After a little bit of back and forth arguing, Emmons got back in her car,” the report states. A relative of the woman arrived and “Emmons spun her car around and got out of her car. She again went onto the property” and resumed the argument, the report states.
Although the victim told police she wanted Emmons off her property, Emmons pointed to the sidewalk and said she was on public land, the report states.
The victim did not immediately return messages left at her home from the Post-Tribune seeking comment on the incident.