Fishers officer facing charges

A Fishers police officer was charged with a misdemeanor after a fight in Greenwood over the weekend that left a man with a broken nose.

Charles Kingery, 28, of Fishers, was suspended from his job as a patrol officer with the Fishers Police Department after his arrest Saturday.

On Wednesday, he was charged with one count of battery by the Johnson County prosecutor.

Fishers police also are conducting an internal investigation into the incident. Kingery has been employed with the department since March 2014, according to a news release from the Fishers Police Department.

Greenwood police were called on a report of a fight Saturday night at a reception hall on Main Street in downtown Greenwood.

Police found a man lying on the ground with a bloody face. Kingery’s wife told officers that she and her husband had been drinking and had gotten into an argument. She told police the other man tried to intervene in the argument, and Kingery punched him in the face and then left, according to charging documents.

The man who was punched told police he had seen the couple arguing outside, and felt he needed to step in and stop the situation before it got out of hand. He told police Kingery shoved him a few times and then punched him in the face, the documents said. Another witness told police a similar story.

The man who was punched went to a nearby emergency room, where he was treated for a broken nose, charging documents said.

Police found Kingery at his mother’s house. He told officers the man had gotten into his face during the argument between he and his wife, and that he had punched him in the face. Kingery told police he acted in self defense, the report said. Kingery did not have any injuries, did not complain of pain and said he made no other attempts to calm the situation, the report said.

Kingery was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was released on $250 bond.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.