Memphis police officer charged with aggravated assault - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis police officer charged with aggravated assault

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A Memphis police officer was arrested after witnesses say he threatened to shoot his wife's car.

Benjamin Fulcher, 35, went to a house in the 3500 block of Old Millington Road where his wife and children were staying on Monday, according to the affidavit. A witness in the house told police that Fulcher was intoxicated, banging on the windows, and yelling for his wife and children to come outside.

When the witness told him to leave, Fulcher reportedly placed his hand on his pistol. The witness' fiance went outside and that's when Fulcher pulled his pistol from the holster and pointed it at his wife's vehicle.

According to the witnesses, Fulcher threatened to shoot the vehicle if his wife didn't come out of the house. He eventually left. The two witnesses told officers they were in fear of their lives.

Mayor A C Wharton is extremely disappointed by the situation, which he calls "regrettable."

"[Police] Director Armstrong assured me he's going to stay on top of this and call it the way it should be called," said Wharton.

According to the affidavit, Fulcher returned to the house the next day, demanding that his wife return home.

His wife told police she was scared, so she left the house and drove to the 30 block of N. Highland Street where she called police.

The affidavit also says that Fulcher sent a series of threatening text messages to his wife, including photos of items from their home that he threatened to set on fire.

The Family Safety Center provides support for domestic violence survivors in situations like this one. However, representatives for the organization say it's often difficult for women to get away from their abusers, especially when the perpetrator is high profile.

"Particularly police officers, because they know where the shelter is and it's difficult to find those resources," said Vernetta Eddleman, who works at the Family Safety Center. "Typically, we have to look outside of the city."

The center doesn't give up easily, however, and promises to find help for survivors even in more difficult cases.

"Judges, politicians, pastors, it can be any profession," Eddleman explained.

The Family Safety Center is confidential, free, and could save your life.

"You don't even have to give us your name," said Eddleman. "If you tell us your situation, we'll help you plan to get out safely."

Meanwhile, Fulcher is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and has been relieved from duty with pay.

"Director Armstrong's record is clear and consistent," Wharton added. "When it's confirmed you did wrong, you're gone."

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