Crime

June 10, 2014

Fort Worth officer faces domestic violence charges in Arlington

Officer Lawrence Blanchard, 51, is on restricted duty during an administrative investigation by Fort Worth police, a police spokesman said.

A Fort Worth police officer faces charges of assault on a family member and terroristic threat in a case involving his wife at their home in Arlington last month, court records show.

Officer Lawrence Blanchard, 51, is on restricted duty during an administrative investigation, said Sgt. Raymond Bush, a Fort Worth police spokesman.

Blanchard has been a Fort Worth police officer for 25 years.

Bush said the Fort Worth department was notified Monday by Arlington police that Blanchard “was arrested in relation to the Arlington offense.”

He declined to provide further information.

Arrest warrant affidavits from Arlington police describe a dispute between Blanchard and his wife on May 20. She told an officer that Blanchard brandished an unloaded department-issued handgun and ranted at her.

She told the officer that Blanchard called her vulgar names, spat in her face and threatened to kill her, according to the affidavits.

The incident was witnessed by Blanchard’s niece.

One of the affidavits states that Blanchard’s wife provided audio recordings of the incident.

The wife said that at one point, her husband grabbed her right wrist and twisted it.

“The victim stated the suspect stated, ‘Let’s see if I can break it,’” which caused pain and bruising, according to an affidavit.

Blanchard was not in the Arlington jail Monday evening. Information on his bail was not immediately available.

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