A Mercer University police officer punched a fellow campus police officer in the face early Sunday morning during a dispute in an interview room, according to a report.
Macon police were dispatched to the campus police office about 3 a.m. and talked with officer Joseph Calloway and his supervisor, Cpl. Wesley Hillard, according to a Macon police report released Tuesday.
Hillard, 49, and Calloway, 47, argued about a noise complaint that had been dispatched that morning.
Calloway contends Hillard punched him in the eye. Hillard says Calloway became irate, rushed toward him and put his hand on his gun. Fearing for his safety, Hillard told Macon police he punched Calloway in the face.
Calloway, who complained of a migraine and had facial swelling hours after the fight, was treated at a local hospital, according to the report.No criminal charges were filed.
The matter was handled internally by Mercers police chief, said Mark Vanderhoek, a university spokesman.
Its a personnel matter at this point and we cant get into the details, he said.
Disciplinary action was taken, said Senior Vice President for Marketing Communications Larry Brumley.
Calloway on Tuesday said he couldnt talk about the incident.
But when asked what might have prompted another officer to slug him, Calloway said he had no idea.
Im the one that received the punch. ... I dont even know what was going through his mind, he said.
Calloway is a former Macon police officer who unsuccessfully sued Macon police in 2009 for racial discrimination and wrongful termination.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. Telegraph writer Joe Kovac Jr. contributed to this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.