LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A police officer sworn to uphold the law has been indicted by a Lauderdale County grand jury for domestic violence.
The Killen officer is off the job tonight after turning himself into authorities on Tuesday evening.
According to the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office, Killen police officer Wesley Tidwell was indicted last week for domestic violence 3rd.
It’s a charge which reads the intent to harass or harm another person, a class “A” misdemeanor.
Investigator Richard Richey with One Place of the Shoals said their investigation began in December after a female victim came to One Place for assistance.
Richey said Tidwell met a woman he was involved with in the Central School parking lot to talk about ending the relationship of two years.
“They got into an argument,” Richey explained. “Wesley had put his hands around the victim’s throat. He also bit her on the nose.”
According to Richey, the victim also bit Tidwell’s fingers when he put them in her mouth.
Richey said the victim was able to get away from Tidwell and notify authorities.
“As far as One Place of the Shoals is concerned, it doesn’t matter if you’re any ordinary citizen, a police officer, or what your status in the community is, if you commit a domestic violence crime we will charge you with it,” stated Richey.
Killen Police Chief Brian Hammond said Tidwell is currently off of patrol pending an employee status meeting by the town council and mayor.
After turning himself into authorities on Tuesday evening, Wesley Lee Tidwell was booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center. He has since bonded out on bail totaling $1,000.
Tidwell’s attorney Tim Case released the following statement Wednesday afternoon on behalf of his client – “Wesley and I are looking forward to our day in court to show that not only is his defense understandable but it should be compelling to a Judge and/or Jury. Wesley is a very good police officer and is also a volunteer fireman. Wesley has devoted his life to public service, both professionally and on a voluntary basis as well. Wesley is in good spirits and is anxiously awaiting his day in Court.”
If convicted of domestic violence, Tidwell will be unable to be permitted to carry a firearm.