Plaquemine police officer arrested, accused of kidnapping and assault

Plaquemine police officer arrested, accused of kidnapping and assault

PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - Iberville Parish sheriff's deputies arrested an officer with the Plaquemine Police Department Tuesday night.

Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne said Justin Bush's estranged wife called his detectives Tuesday afternoon telling them Bush had kidnapped and assaulted her over the weekend. Payne said because the alleged incident happened outside of city limits and it involved one of his officers, he asked the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office to step in and investigate.

Sheriff Brett Stassi of the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said the alleged incident happened Sunday night and when 28-year-old Bush showed up to work at the Plaquemine Police Department around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Payne fired him and deputies arrested him.

Detectives say Bush's wife was at Club Secret, near Highway 1, when the former officer showed up and grabbed her. He allegedly drove her all around the parish, threatening her with a knife and gun. Detectives found cuts on the victim's arms and chest. Chief Payne says the back window on her van was also smashed.

"Obviously, we're held to a higher standard and when one of ours commits a crime of this nature, we act swiftly and accordingly," Payne said.

Payne added Bush's estranged wife had called them in the past with allegations of domestic violence, but she never made an official statement and there were no witnesses or evidence.

"We investigated it and found evidence that let us to believe it is true," Stassi said of this alleged incident.

Payne said Bush came to work for the Plaquemine Police Department in 2008 and has been an officer for about five to six years, off and on, and has been fired now.

Bush is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and malfeasance in office.

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