Plaquemine officer accused of kidnapping, assaulting estranged wife _lowres

Justin Bush

A Plaquemine police officer accused of kidnapping his estranged wife Sunday and assaulting her with a knife has been arrested and fired from his job, Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said Wednesday.

Justin Bush, who has worked in the Plaquemine Police Department for five to six years, was fired from his job when he reported for work Tuesday evening and was then arrested by Iberville deputies following an investigation of the victim’s claims that Bush had attacked her at a local club.

The woman told deputies Bush forced his way into her car Sunday night while she was visiting a local club with a male friend, Stassi said.

“He got in her vehicle against her will and threatened her with a knife,” the sheriff said Wednesday morning. “He also had a gun.”

Stassi said Bush cut the woman on her arm and chest, but none of the injuries were serious.

Authorities said Bush’s estranged wife had made allegations of domestic abuse in the past but never made an official statement to police until this week.

“They have been in an on-again, off-again rocky marriage,” Stassi said.

Bush, 59125 Belleview Road, Apt. 205, was booked into the parish jail on counts of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and malfeasance in office.