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Monday, June 29, 2009

[KY] Lt. Fifer's wife and her family have good reason to fear. How dangerous is this? As dangerous as it gets.

...[Louisville Police] Lieutenant Jerald Fifer is facing charges of domestic violence, and members of his wife's family say he has allegedly threatened to kill them.... [Sheri Fifer’s attorney, Bart] McMahon said with Jerald Fifer no longer in custody, his client fears for her safety and that of her three young children...

JUDGE EXTENDS PROTECTION FOR POLICE LT.'S WIFE
Jerald Fifer Faces Felony Battery Charges
WLKY.com
June 29, 2009
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[Excerpts from article] A judge extended emergency protective orders against a Louisville Metro Police Department lieutenant, preventing him from having contact with his wife and her relatives. Lt. Jerald Fifer was not in custody Monday morning when he walked into family court. Fifer is facing felony charges of false imprisonment along with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He also has been accused of battery-domestic violence, a misdemeanor charge. Monday in court, an attorney representing Fifer's wife, Sheri, asked a judge to extend the current emergency protective orders against him for an additional two weeks, until divorce proceedings are under way in Clark County. "Since they live in Indiana, we wanted to make sure the Fifer family had the protection of this court in the meantime until everything can get lined up in Indiana. So, in two weeks we hope to have that done. So that they can have what they need and they feel secure and they have an enforceable order against Mr. Fifer in the meantime,” said Sheri Fifer’s attorney, Bart McMahon... According to his wife, Jerald Fifer abused her in the past... McMahon said with Jerald Fifer no longer in custody, his client fears for her safety and that of her three young children. "Anybody who files for a protective order has a great deal of fear and given what's occurred to her, she has fear, but at the same time wants to handle this as privately as she can," said McMahon... He's due back in Jefferson County court in two weeks... [Full article here]

MORE RESTRAINING ORDERS AGAINST LMPD OFFICER; WIFE FILES FOR DIVORCE
WAVE
Posted By Mike Dever
Posted: Jun 29, 2009
[Excerpts] ..."On June18, we were driving down the highway on vacation, he struck me in the side of the head. I was driving. He pulled a .38 out and told me he was going to kill himself waving the gun around in the car. The gun ended up on the dashboard and I was able to knock it off onto the driver's side floorboard. Jerald then kicked me on the right side of my body. He grabbed me and strangled me. He was screaming...I pulled over and exited the vehicle and was running looking across the highway for someone to help me. He came back toward me... caught me and carried me back to the vehicle and threw me back into the truck. We were pulled over by police and he told me, 'Don't be stupid b.....' He was taken into custody. He's been abusive in the past... I am very much afraid of him." Sheri Fifer filed for divorce on June 29. She is also filing restraining orders in Clark County where the two own a home together. [Full article here]

Video:

From the video, quoting Lt. Fifer's father-in-law: "He told my daughter that he was going to kill her and then kill me. Then he said he was going to ride out in the country and kill my other daughter and her entire family and my wife. I believe he took my daughter to Florida to kill her, and dump her body. I want him to stay away from me and my entire household. I fear for everyone involved. He has access to many weapons and I believe every word he says."

How dangerous is this? As dangerous as it gets.
Where is the protection?
It's not on a piece of paper.
Even if deputies are assigned to these family's homes those deputies are at risk because Lt. Fifer can't see himself returning to his career now.
So the question is... why isn't Fifer in custody, and if he is reported to be suicidal and homicidal, why isn't he AT LEAST under hospital inpatient observation - whether he wants to be or not? If he's a hair from suicide, and two hairs from familicide and no one takes control who will raise their hand to take the blame (and liability)?

The courts better act fast to do something to save everyone involved or at least buy them some time to plan their own safety.

I'm shaking my head. How many murders will it take?

NEWS FROM OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS:

LOUISVILLE POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED IN TAMPA
courier-journal.com
By Jessie Halladay jhalladay@courier-journal.com
June 19, 2009
[Excerpts] A Louisville Metro Police lieutenant was arrested Thursday night in Tampa in connection with a domestic violence-related incident.
Advertisement Tampa Police said that the Florida Highway Patrol arrested Lt. Jerald Fifer on June 18 and charged him with false imprisonment, domestic violence and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Officials with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office said Fifer is being held in the county jail, and no bond has been set... Fifer was suspended for 29 days in 2003 after he was charged with drunken driving... Fifer was off-duty... In February 2006, Fifer, who has been an officer since 1991, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant... [Full article here]

LOUISVILLE POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN FLORIDA
WHAS11 coverage
Saturday, June 20, 2009
[Excerpts] An 18-year veteran of the Louisville Police Force remains in a Florida jail on Saturday and is on paid administrative leave after being arrested in Tampa. Police say Lieutenant Jerald Fifer is facing domestic violence charges. According to Florida officials, a motorist along I-75 reported a Ford Excursion stopped on the side of the interstate. Witnesses said Fifer dragged a woman to his vehicle and forced her inside... He's facing charges of false imprisonment, domestic and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon... Metro police are now conducting an internal investigation. [Full article here]

EPO FILED AFTER LMPD LIEUTENANT FACES CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
WHAS11 coverage
June 25, 2009
[Excerpts] A Louisville Metro Police Lieutenant already in legal trouble is facing even more allegations. Lieutenant Jerald Fifer is facing charges of domestic violence, and members of his wife's family say he has allegedly threatened to kill them. Sheri Fifer's family has now petitioned for emergency protective orders against him. Court records describe a family in fear... Lieutenant Jerald Fifer's wife says her family was vacationing in Florida when Lieutenant Jerald Fifer allegedly struck her in the head. Fifer's wife Sheri says Lieutenant Jerald Fifer then allegedly pulled out a gun. Fifer's wife Sheri says Lieutenant Jerald Fifer then allegedly grabbed her and strangled her. Fifer's wife Sheri then got out of their car. According to Fifer's wife, Jerald Fifer then allegedly chased her down on the highway and pulled her back to the truck. Fifer's wife Sheri says her husband, Lieutenant Jerald Fifer, told her, "Don't be stupid," when they were pulled over by police in Florida. Fifer's wife Sheri has now petitioned for emergency protective orders against her husband Jerald Fifer. And Fifer's wife Sheri isn't the only one, as her two sisters and her parents also filed for an EPO saying Lieutenant Jerald Fifer allegedly threatened to kill them. Sheri Fifer's father says in his petition, "I believe he took my daughter to Florida to kill her and dump her body." Sheri Fifer's father goes on to say Lieutenant Jerald Fifer has access to many weapons and Sheri Fifer's father believes every word Jerald Fifer says... The petition filed by Fifer's wife alleges that Fifer was threatening to kill himself before she says Jerald Fifer attacked her. Fifer's wife says her husband has allegedly been abusive in the past... [Full article here]

OLDER ARTICLE EXCERPTS:

POLICE SERGEANT CHARGED WITH DRUNKEN DRIVING
Fifer is suspended, gives up leadership position in union
The Courier-Journal
Shannon Tangonan
April 3, 2003
[Excerpts] A Louisville Metro Police sergeant was charged with drunken driving and suspended yesterday after an early morning wreck in southern Louisville. Sgt. Jerald Fifer - a city officer since 1991 and until yesterday the vice president of the city police union - was off-duty and driving a personal car when he crashed into a miniva... Responding officers administered a field sobriety test because Fifer "smelled of (an) alcoholic type beverage," according to his arrest citation. The citation said Fifer 's eyes were jerky and glassy, his left fingertip missed his nose during a "finger-to-nose test," and he was unsteady on his feet...

OFFICER IN CRASH HAD 0.24% BLOOD-ALCOHOL LEVEL
The Courier-Journal
Shannon Tangonan
April 8, 2003
[Excerpts] A Louisville Metro Police sergeant had a blood-alcohol level at three times the legal threshold when he crashed a car into a minivan and was arrested for drunken driving last week... He was jailed, then released on his own recognizance, records show.

LOUISVILLE POLICE SERGEANT PLEADS GUILTY TO DUI
Fifer serves home incarceration, has license suspended
The Courier-Journal
Shannon Tangonan
May 9, 2003
[Excerpts] A Louisville Metro Police sergeant has served three days of home incarceration after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge stemming from a wreck in April, his lawyer said yesterday. Sgt. Jerald Fifer, a city officer since 1991 and former vice president of the city police union, pleaded guilty last Friday to driving under the influence-first offense... Fifer had been scheduled to appear in court today, but the hearing was moved up because he "wanted to accept responsibility for the mistake he had made and move on with his life"... Fifer's driver's license was suspended for 30 days, and he paid the standard fines and court costs. Attending an alcohol program also is mandatory, and Fifer showed proof that he had completed a program during his court appearance, [his attorney Steve] Schroering said...

POLICE SERGEANT SUSPENDED
Fifer was driving drunk, involved in wreck with van
The Courier-Journal
Shannon Tangonan
May 29, 2003
[Excerpts] A Louisville Metro Police sergeant who caused a wreck and was charged with drunken driving last month must serve a 29-day unpaid suspension, the department confirmed yesterday... "Any further violations of this nature shall warrant your termination," [Police Chief Robert] White said in the letter... White wrote Fifer that he "mitigated your discipline due to your personal circumstances that clearly had you under a substantial amount of stress... Further, the fact that you have sought out assistance in addressing your alcohol consumption was also a factor in my mitigation of this discipline," White said...

PROMOTED OFFICERS WERE SUSPENDED
Chief says they earned advancement
The Courier-Journal
Jessie Halladay
Friday, February 17, 2006
[Excerpts] An officer suspended for drunken driving and another for harassment are among the 15 officers to be promoted by Louisville Metro Police today. In a ceremony this morning, Jerald Fifer will be promoted to lieutenant and Kirby Shobe to sergeant, despite past discipline from the department. Police Chief Robert White said both men have been solid officers since they were disciplined and have earned their promotions. "They have done what was asked of them. They paid their price," White said. "We have a responsibility to acknowledge what they did wrong and hold them accountable. But we also have a responsibility to give them an opportunity to continue their careers"...

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