Memphis police officer Samuel Hearn, 27, was arrested and charged with Domestic Assault Friday morning.
MPD says officers received a call at 6 a.m. at the Greenbrook Apartments where a 23-year-old female victim says Hearn grabbed her by the throat and slammed her on the ground during a verbal argument. The victim advised police that Hearn was an off-duty MPD officer.
Officers say they discovered redness around the victim's neck at which time Hearn was taken into custody and transported to the Domestic Violence Bureau where he was charged with Domestic Assault.
"Domestic violence is a crime that remains prevalent nationwide," says MPD Director Toney Armstrong, "As the director of the Memphis Police Department, I require annual training where officers are advised of ways to overcome stressful domestic situations. Counseling is provided for all employees that seek assistance. I can't tell you how disappointing this is to have an officer to find himself on the wrong side of the law; especially after the overwhelming support shown to this department. He will be held accountable for his actions by both the criminal justice system and the Memphis Police Department."
Hearn has been employed by the Memphis Police Department since April 12, 2010, and is currently assigned to Raines Station. Hearn is relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.