Garnette M. Darby II, 21 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Another Shreveport firefighter has been accused of domestic abuse and placed on leave.
Shreveport police say 21-year-old Garnette M. Darby II is charged with domestic abuse battery with strangulation and criminal property damage, after a woman showed up at the police department just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday to report that she had been physically assaulted by Darby at a home in the 300 Block of Olive St.
Police say the woman claims Darby forced her to the ground during an argument, struck her with a closed fist, grabbed her by the throat and kicked her. Police say the victim suffered minor injuries.
According to a release issued by SPD, detectives with the department's Violent Crimes Unit gathered evidence supporting the allegations by the victim. Darby, who lives in the 5700 block of Golden Meadows Dr. in Bossier City, was arrested on Thursday after surrendering to authorities at the Shreveport Police Department.
The Shreveport Fire Department immediately followed SPD's announcement of the arrest with a statement confirming that Darby has been placed on administrative leave, "following an allegation of possible policy violations."
Darby, a 2-year-veteran of the Shreveport Fire Department, is not the first Shreveport firefighter to be arrested on domestic abuse charges in recent months. 13-year-veteran Devin Kennedy was arrested October 3, accused of grabbing his girlfriend and choking her. He was charged with domestic abuse battery with strangulation. Kennedy, 34, was also placed on leave from the fire department pending the outcome of the investigation.
34-year-old Traotis Robinson, a 7-year veteran at SFD, was placed on administrative leave pending allegations of possible policy violations after his arrest on September 17. He was also charged with domestic abuse battery, after allegedly grabbing his estranged wife around the neck and strangling her.