An internal investigation has begun at the Adairsville Police Department on one of their own who was arrested in Gordon County Tuesday on aggravated assault, battery and false imprisonment charges.
According to Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston, around 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, deputy sheriffs were dispatched to a private residence on Jeep Street near Calhoun in response to a report of a domestic disturbance involving an assault against a woman.
Deputies arrived and met with the victim, who told the officers she’d been physically assaulted and held against her will by her husband for several hours this morning. The deputies observed that the victim’s clothing had been torn and that she had visible injuries. She’d escaped from the house and ran to a neighbor who called 911. The deputies noticed that an Adairsville Police patrol car was in the yard and learned that the woman’s husband was a police officer.
When the deputies approached the house and identified themselves, the husband initially refused to leave the house, but a deputy eventually managed to convince him to come outside. The husband, identified as Nathan Lee Henderson, age 35, of 212 Jeep Street, Calhoun, was arrested and transported to the Gordon County jail.
Upon learning of the arrest, Henderson was immediately suspended with pay from his job with the Adairsville Police Department.
"It is standard procedure, our starting point, for any officer that gets into any type of trouble," said Captain Louis Dean of the Adairsville PD. "We immediately began an internal investigation as soon as we learned of the arrest and that investigation is active at this time. We are waiting until he goes before the judge this afternoon (Wednesday, June 7) for his bond hearing and are still gathering facts from the Gordon County Sheriff's Office."
Once the internal investigation is complete, next steps will be taken. Dean reiterated this was the protocol for all internal investigations. "These are the steps we have to take," said Dean. "We are not trying to hide anything or cover up for (the officer). This is our standard investigative procedure when it comes to things like this."
Dean said the internal investigation will not take long and hopes to have it complete by the weekend.
According to the Gordon County Sheriff's Office, detectives have interviewed a number of witnesses and collected physical evidence. The woman’s injuries were not life threatening, and detectives have reason to believe that alcohol played a part in this incident. Henderson has been charged with aggravated assault, battery and false imprisonment (Family Violence Act offenses) and will have a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon.