Frankfort cop faces domestic battery charges
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org July 26, 2012 5:32PM
Updated: August 28, 2012 6:18AM
A Frankfort police officer who served as the department’s DARE officer has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with domestic battery in Mokena, according to police and court records.
Donald Walsh, 29, of Monee, posted bond Wednesday and was released later that day.
Frankfort Police Chief John Burica called it an “unfortunate circumstance” and said Walsh has been placed on leave pending the outcome of a department investigation. Walsh has been on Frankfort’s police force since 2007.
Walsh and the victim, a 31-year-old woman, had an on-and-off relationship and gave conflicting accounts about what happened, Mokena police said.
They said officers responded to a call at 3:48 a.m. Wednesday from the woman’s 9-year-old daughter, who heard her mother screaming. When police arrived at the home in the 11500 block of Stratford Road, the woman ran out of a neighbor’s home, saying that Walsh was inside her house with a gun, threatening to kill himself, according to police.
They said Walsh met officers at the front door and told them his gun was upstairs in the bedroom, where police found it.
The woman told police that Walsh texted her earlier and wanted to come over, saying he would be there about midnight. She said he later texted her, asking her to leave the house, and later claimed he was being arrested for drunken driving and wanted her to bail him out, Mokena police said.
Walsh showed up about an hour before police were called and began yelling that he wanted to see her cell phone, the woman told police. When he could not unlock the phone, he choked her, struck her with a closed fist and head-butted her, according to police.
They said the woman had a swollen left eye and bruises and scratches on her neck but declined medical attention.
Walsh told police that when he arrived at her house, where he sometimes stayed, the woman questioned him about where he had been and punched and kicked him. He said he only tried to restrain her and did not attack her.
Walsh said the woman had been drinking and taking prescription drugs, but officers detected alcohol on Walsh’s breath, not on the woman’s, police said.