Abbeville Police Officer Facing Domestic Violence Charges

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

We put our trust in law enforcement hoping they'll keep us out of harm's way.

But an Ozark resident told police her boyfriend and cop Gregory James, did none of the above.

"He called me yesterday morning and told me that he had got in trouble and he was in jail in dale county."

38 year old Gregory Wetzel made that call to Abbeville police chief Mike Jones.

Police say he and his girlfriend, who share a residence in Ozark, began to argue.

That escaladed to a phone call to Ozark police.

“He just said that they did have an argument but there was no physical contact."

Ozark police say Wetzel’s girlfriend claims he choked her.

But Chief Jones says she told him a different story when making her statement.

"She told me that they were arguing and that he actually put his hand out like this to the front right here but she said he didn't choke her."

Chief Jones says Wetzel has a passive demeanor.

Passive or not, residents in Abbeville say it's disappointing to hear.

"I think it is very disturbing that he was arrested for domestic violence.”

“I think a police officer should be held to the same or higher standard than anybody else.”

For now, Wetzel has been placed on paid administrative leave until the internal investigation is finished.

Officer Wetzel has only been with Abbeville police for the past two months.

Before that he has worked in Clio, also for the Ozark police department and enterprise.

Wetzel has posted bond from the Dale county jail.

His first court appearance is scheduled for July 22nd.

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