Friday, February 20, 2015
IMPD Officer Arrested For Attempted Murder
Various media reports are reporting the arrest of a nine-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Justin Beaton, who has been arrested on several serious felony charges including attempted murder. According to the online public court record system, Beaton faces felony charges of attempted murder, domestic battery in the presence of a child under the age of 16, obstruction of justice and pointing a firearm at another person. Officer Beaton was assigned to IMPD's East District. He has been suspended without pay pending termination proceedings.
Today's arrest stems from an incident that happened nearly six months ago on August 30, 2014 according to WRTV. Police were called after a neighbor noticed a trail of blood leading from Officer Beaton's police car to his home. Nobody was at home, but police later learned that Officer Beaton had taken his live-in girlfriend to Community Hospital South where she was being treated for serious injuries to her face and neck. A probable cause affidavit said the victim had significant trauma to her mouth, including several missing teeth. Beaton told hospital staff he was carrying a steel bed frame when it went through a window and struck his girlfriend in the face. His girlfriend initially agreed with his version of events, but she contacted police on Monday and wanted to recant her story. According to her later story, Beaton shot at her with a gun through a glass window in the door of her home, which caused her injuries. Forensics determined her injuries were caused by a gunshot and not blunt force trauma.
According to WRTV. Beaton is a third generation police officer with the department. He was accused of using excessive force on a suspect, Marcus Jackson, just last year. In addition, Beaton's home was heavily damaged by fire in 2010, which fire investigators determined was intentionally set. No arrests were ever made in that case.