LSUPD officer accused of beating girlfriend has been fired

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An officer with the LSU Police Department, who allegedly beat his girlfriend, was arrested Monday night and now has been fired.

A spokesperson with LSU confirmed the firing Wednesday.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reports Samuel Ellis III, 25, was booked on charges of second-degree battery and false imprisonment. He was released Thursday after posting a $7,000 bond.

Sgt. Don Coppola with BRPD said officers were called out around 2 a.m. Monday to an address on Harding Boulevard and found Ellis had allegedly beat his girlfriend, causing extensive damage to her mouth.

Coppola added Ellis held his girlfriend hostage for a couple of hours, then drove off in his car.

Coppola also said Ellis had a handgun and rifle in his possession when he left, which is why he was considered armed and dangerous at the time.

Ellis was a patrol officer with the LSU Police Department. He also previously worked at Southern University.

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