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Sunday, July 13, 2008

[IN] Officer Venegas PTSD defense for strangling, battering his wife

...[Merrillville police officer Daniel] Venegas is charged with a felony count of strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery with injury... Police removed five weapons from the home and turned three over to the Merrillville police department, according to a report...

(STRANGLED BY A SOLDIER? THAT WOULD FEEL LIKE ATTEMPTED MURDER IF IT WAS MY NECK.)

MERRILLVILLE POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH BEATING HIS WIFE
Munster Times, IN
By Bob Kasarda
July 07, 2008
Merrillville police officer Daniel Venegas, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, is on administrative leave without pay after being charged with battering his wife. The 25-year-old was expected to be released Monday afternoon from the Porter County Jail where he has been held since the Wednesday incident at his Portage home. Venegas is charged with a felony count of strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery with injury, according to police. Anyone convicted of domestic battery is prohibited by federal law from having a firearm -- so a battery conviction for Venegas could spell the end of his career in law enforcement... Police removed five weapons from the home and turned three over to the Merrillville police department... The Merrillville police department is conducting an internal investigation, according to Chief Joseph Petruch... Venegas was to be placed on pretrial supervision, which requires he receive counseling from the Veteran's Administration for post traumatic stress disorder and report to a probation officer... [Defense attorney Larry] Rogers believes PTSD is behind his client's actions. Venegas was wounded twice while in Iraq, Rogers said... [Full article here]
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