Previous blog entries:
- [WA] Officer Galusha's "bar fight" was assault of his police officer wife & bouncer- ..."He was a really nice guy as a neighbor, I liked him a lot,... But I used to do gardening outside and I would hear him yelling at his kids and his family a lot. And he could be mean to his dog."... City records also show that his wife is a reserve officer for the Grandview police department...
- [WA] Officer Galusha allowed to resign before disciplined on attacking his officer-wife- Witnesses told officers that Galusha dragged his 24-year-old wife after grabbing her hair and putting her in a headlock... He then "slammed her up against the wall twice"...
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, WA
By Paula Horton
Thursday, Jun. 26, 2008
[Excerpts] A District Court judge is expected to decide today whether a former West Richland police officer who has admitted assaulting his wife will get his guns back. Brian Galusha, who resigned earlier this month, had his personal guns seized following his March 10 arrest for assaulting his wife and a bouncer at a Kennewick bar. The 39-year-old was charged in Benton County District Court with two counts of assault, one with a domestic violence allegation. Galusha has admitted to committing the assaults, said his actions were caused by an alcohol problem and requested a deferred prosecution. That means if he follows the court's orders, gets treatment and stays out of trouble, the charges will be dismissed in two years. The deferred prosecution was granted May 8, over the objections of the Kennewick city attorney's office... Under federal law, a person who is convicted of a domestic violence allegation is banned from possessing firearms. Galusha was put on paid administrative leave after his arrest and resigned June 6. He was hired by West Richland police in 2005, after spending four years with the Richland Police Department... [Full article here]
Galusha: "It never occurred to me that I had an alcohol problem."
KEPR 19, WA
By Chelsea Kopta
Jun 26, 2008
[Excerpts] A Former police officer busted for domestic violence, now wants to pack heat again. According to court papers, Brian Galusha assaulted his wife at Cavanaugh's, the bar inside the Red Lion Hotel, where he was later arrested and put in jail. What we know now, is that Galusha blamed his actions on what was served behind the bar: alcohol. Galusha admitted to having a drinking problem and is Alcoholics Anonymous as well as an outpatient treatment program. But prosecutors argued in court Thursday that Galusha's bar brawl might not be an isolated incidence. And if it's not an isolated incidence, would Galusha entitled to get his guns back?... Brian Galusha, was charged with two counts of assault, one a domestic violence charge. But instead of jail time, he's in rehab... Court documents report that Galusha comes from a family of drinkers, including two uncles who were alcoholics, two cousins who received treatment for the disease and a grandfather who died of sclerosis of the liver. Galusha had his first taste of alcohol at age nine, and admitted he continually drank throughout high school, and during his time in the military. An affidavit from Galusha states: "It never occurred to me that I had an alcohol problem. I just knew that I was numb when I drank and it made boredom, emotional pain and loneliness go away. I continued using alcohol as my coping mechanism when I became a police officer." Indeed, court documents state officer Galusha was drunk when grabbed his wife by the hair, "put her in a headlock" and "slammed her against a wall". Galusha told investigators he blacked out and can't remember what happened. "I have concerns for what would happen if he would fall out of treatment, and specifically if he would fall out of treatment with guns," City Attorney Eric Eisinger said... No one returned our calls. The question we all wanted to know was, if Galusha had an extensive history with alcohol - and said he used it while as an officer - did the West Richland police department know about it? The answer is no. West Richland Police Chief Layne Erdman told Action News that Galusha never showed any indication that he had problems with alcohol, and never showed to work that way... [Full article here]