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County officer on leave amid battery count

Conviction would mean his badge

– An Allen County sheriff’s officer has been suspended with pay after his arrest in Michigan.

Details are sparse, but officer Steven M. Perry was booked into the Calhoun County Jail on a misdemeanor count of domestic battery last Sunday.

He was released shortly thereafter, according to jail officials in Michigan.

Because Perry is a sworn law enforcement officer, his arrest is subject to review by the sheriff’s department.

Calhoun County encompasses Battle Creek, where Perry was arrested, which is about 100 miles from Fort Wayne.

The Emmett Township Public Safety Department took Perry into custody during the early-morning hours Sunday, according to officials.

What led to the arrest has not been released.

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries said Perry, 42, will remain suspended with pay pending the outcome of the charge against him as well as an internal affairs investigation currently underway.

Perry has been an officer with the department since 1998 and has one disciplinary action against him, which he received this year for failing to signal that he was on duty during a security detail.

That disciplinary action, though, is one the department deems as temporary, according to Fries, meaning it will be wiped from Perry’s file at a later date.

Perry has spent time on the department’s SWAT team and has received several letters of commendation for his service on the unit, Fries said.

If convicted of domestic battery, Perry would lose his right to carry a firearm in Indiana and face automatic termination from the police force.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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