Bowen noted that when officers arrived at the home McDannald was not on the premises. Officers made contact with McDannald and he voluntarily came in to give a statement.
Bowen said McDannald denied assaulting his wife, instead claiming he was the victim of assault.
His statement differed from hers, Bowen said. He said she assaulted him but there were no signs of abuse on him.
After discussions with the District Attorneys office, Bowen said the decision was made to charge McDannald with domestic assault. He was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail.
Jail officials noted the Judicial Commissioner released McDannald on his own recognizance.
We have a code of conduct and ethics that we expect our officers to abide, Bowen said. If these charges prove to be true, this is not action that we condone.
McDannald was placed on paid administrative leave and decommissioned as a police officer, pending an internal investigation. Bowen said that investigation is under way.
We handled this case just as we would have handled any other case with a citizen involved, Bowen said. These actions are not reflective of our department as a whole.
McDannald was one of two officers involved in a shooting in April 2010 that resulted in the death of Gregory Thompson, 22, when McDannald shot and killed Thompson.
McDannald and Officer David McKinney pursued Thompson after he swerved into an oncoming lane, nearly hitting an officer. When Thompsons vehicle ran off the road, the two officers excited their vehicles and McKinney reportedly slipped, which caused his revolver to fire.
McDannald, believing that Thompson was firing at the officers, opened fire, killing Thompson. Neither officer was charged in the incident.
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