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Plaquemine officer arrested, fired for allegedly kidnapping, assaulting his estranged wife


PLAQUEMINE, Louisiana — A Plaquemine police officer accused of kidnapping and assaulting his estranged wife with a knife has been arrested and fired from his job.

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said Wednesday that Justin Bush was fired when he reported for work Tuesday and later arrested following an investigation of the victim's claims that he had attacked her at an area club Sunday.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1mGKg4q ) Bush allegedly forced his way into the woman's car while she was out with a male friend. Stassi says Bush cut the woman on her arm and chest. None of the injuries was serious.

Authorities say the woman had alleged domestic abuse in the past but never filed an official complaint until this week. Stassi described the couple's relationship as "an on-again, off-again rocky marriage."

Bush, who has worked for the department for about five to six years, was booked into the parish jail on counts of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and malfeasance in office. Bond has not been set.

It was unknown if Bush has an attorney who could comment on the case.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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