Greenwood officer remains in jail on domestic violence charge

Published: Jul. 23, 2017 at 7:21 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2017 at 10:19 PM CDT
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Kevin Ainsworth, 38 (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
Kevin Ainsworth, 38 (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)

MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - A Greenwood, LA, police officer remains in an East Texas jail after being arrested over the weekend.

Now, the Greenwood Police Department said they will be conducting their own internal affairs administrative investigation.

Sgt. Kevin Lee Ainsworth, 38, faces a charge of assault-family violence.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Office says he was arrested Saturday night at his home in the 3000 block of Strickland Springs Road about 17 miles east-southeast of in Marshall, Texas.

Ainsworth has posted a $15,000 bond.

But he remains in jail on a 48-hour hold as dictated by Texas law.

Meanwhile, across the border, GPD Chief Shayne Gibson is now investigating one of his own.

"It's someone that I've known for several years, that I've worked with for several years," Gibson told KSLA. "You could have a three-hour news broadcast and you couldn't get everything that's running through my mind in the last 30 hours in there."

Once Ainsworth is released Tuesday, Gibson said he will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the internal investigation.

"I'm having to rely on other people's work, the reports I'm going to get from the sheriff's office and talking to other people that were involved," said Gibson.

"It's in-depth."

The chief reported this is a first in his more than 17-year career with the department. He said this is also a first for Ainsworth, who's been with GPD for almost a decade.

Gibson told KSLA Ainsworth has never been arrested before.

Now, he said he has 60 days to complete his investigation, one he hopes will help bolster GPD in the eyes of the people they serve.

"We've got a very good working relationship with our community," Gibson said. "Something like this definitely isn't going to help us build more bridges. Hopefully this incident didn't burn too many."

That investigation along with HCSO's criminal investigation are both ongoing.

KSLA contacted HCSO deputies but was unable to confirm whether or not Ainsworth has enlisted an attorney.

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