A Macon police officer is on administrative leave pending termination after his arrest Sunday by Twiggs County deputies.
Patrol officer Tommy Thomas, 43, was charged with one count of family violence-related simple battery and two counts of third-degree child cruelty following a domestic dispute, according to a police news release.
Thomas, a veteran of nearly five years with the department, has been placed on a five-day administrative leave pending termination, according to the release.
Twiggs County deputies went to The Medical Center of Central Georgia on Sunday and met with Thomas’ wife, who said the couple had been experiencing marital problems. Thomas hadn’t been home since Friday, according to an incident report from the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman told deputies that she’d bought Thomas gifts for Father’s Day and gone to church. When he didn’t show up, she became upset and went home early, according to the report.
While driving, she saw her husband ride by in a car with a female driver. Later, the couple had a confrontation in the yard and Thomas punched his wife in the face, knocking her to the ground, according to the report.
Thomas told deputies a female friend gave him a ride home to retrieve his truck. He said while he and the woman were traveling in a car, his wife struck their car with her vehicle, causing their car to spin out of control, according to the report.
Thomas said he got out of the car and said he was calling the sheriff’s office.
His wife then started slapping herself in the face, screaming, “You are going to jail.”
She also picked up something off the side of the road and struck herself in the face with it, according to the report.
Deputies also spoke with Thomas’ grandchildren, who said they saw Thomas knock his wife to the ground, according to the report.
Twiggs County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Billy Boney said Thomas is being held on a $10,000 bond at an undisclosed jail.
Thomas is the third Macon police officer arrested this month.
Detective Erick Holmes, a four-year veteran, was charged with family violence-related simple battery June 7. He was placed on administrative leave with possible termination.
Antonio Cliett, a probationary officer, was fired June 8 after being charged with giving false information to law enforcement in connection with a car accident in Warner Robins.
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