A Baton Rouge police officer was arrested Wednesday after choking his wife on two separate occasions several days earlier, police said.
Melvin Cosey, 33, a patrolman with the Police Department’s First District, was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of domestic battery by strangulation, a felony, four days after allegedly choking his wife and threatening to kill her during an argument.
The officer, who’s worked for the department for two years, has been placed on paid administrative leave “pending an internal investigation,” Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
According to a police report, Cosey attacked his wife Saturday while the two were arguing outside their home in the 3000 block of Congress Boulevard, shoving her to the ground, placing his foot on her face and pushing her face into the ground before he ran inside the house.
Once he left, the victim called 911 and then called her mother, the report says. As Cosey’s wife was describing the assault, Cosey came back outside, told her “that he was going to kill her,” grabbed her by the throat and shoved her up against a wooden fence, according to the report.
Cosey’s wife suffered scrapes to her right elbow and forearm and a cut in her mouth during the attack, the report says. She also told detectives that Cosey had attacked her two days earlier, punching a hole in the wall while grabbing her by the throat and threatening to kill her, the report says.
McKneely said there was “not enough evidence” on Saturday for officers to place Cosey under arrest, but the incident triggered an internal investigation. As a result of that investigation, McKneely said, a warrant was signed Tuesday night by state District Judge Trudy White.
It did not appear police had been contacted during a previous alleged attack last Thursday, McKneely said.