Crime & Courts

Off-duty Wichita police officer arrested on suspicion of assault

The officer, who has been employed by the city for less than a year, has been booked into jail and suspended with pay, police Deputy Chief Hassan Ramzah said.
The officer, who has been employed by the city for less than a year, has been booked into jail and suspended with pay, police Deputy Chief Hassan Ramzah said. File photo

A Wichita police officer has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after police responded to a domestic disturbance early New Year’s Day, an official said Friday.

The officer, who has been employed by the city for less than a year, has been booked into jail and suspended with pay, police Deputy Chief Hassan Ramzah said. He didn’t name the officer, who has not been charged.

Sedgwick County Jail records on Friday show that the officer, Branden Ryan Glass, 23, was being held on suspicion of four counts of aggravated assault and one count of battery. Before Glass became a Wichita police officer, he was a detention deputy at the jail, said Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter.

At Friday’s briefing for reporters, Ramzah said that at about 1 a.m. Thursday, officers arrested the off-duty officer after responding to a disturbance near 10th and St. Paul involving a domestic-violence incident at the officer’s residence. After further investigation, police learned of another incident, this past August, in which the same off-duty officer used a weapon, the deputy police chief said. The investigation determined there were four victims in that earlier incident, he said. He said he couldn’t comment on the relationship between the officer and the four alleged victims.

Police booked the officer into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault in the August incident and suspicion of misdemeanor battery that occurred Thursday, Ramzah said.

The investigation continues, Ramzah said, and police will present their case to prosecutors, who will decide whether charges will be filed.

The department is treating the case as it would any other, Ramzah said.

“We just learned of the (August) incident yesterday,” he said.

“We do hold our officers accountable for their actions.”

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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