COEUR D’ALENE — A disgruntled husband who was convicted last year of shooting into a Coeur d’Alene Police Department officer’s home has subsequently complained that the policeman was having an inappropriate affair with his wife that violated the agency’s policies.
The Coeur d’Alene Press reports Officer Eric Johnson is being investigated by the department in the matter.
Last August, Raymond J. Ward, 44, fired one round into the doorway of Johnson’s home.
This April, Ward was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery.
Over the summer, however, Ward filed his complaint alleging Johnson’s affair with his wife violates the department’s code of conduct.
“It’s a complete and total lack of respect and a complete and total lack of trust,” Ward told The Press. “The fact that he was a policeman exacerbated everything because when you’re a police officer, you’re held to a higher standard.”
Coeur d’Alene Police officials declined comment on their probe.
Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood referred questions about the investigation to City Attorney Mike Gridley, who said the issue was under review.
But Ward did record a conversation he had with the city’s police chief, Wayne Longo, after he filed the complaint
In the meeting in October, Longo told Ward, “Your concerns are taken seriously, that’s all I can tell you.”
Coeur d’Alene’s law enforcement agency does have a policy that requires its employees to uphold high standards, though it’s unclear how it would apply to extramarital relations between an officer and somebody else’s wife.
“Sworn and non-sworn members shall conduct themselves at all times, both on and off duty, in such a manner as to reflect most favorably on the department,” according to the policy, that goes on to prohibit “sexual misconduct.”
In an Idaho State Police investigation report, Johnson, who declined to be interviewed for this story, admitted to having contact with Ward’s wife of 19 years for about a year before the shooting. Ward said he asked Johnson to stay away from his wife.
Ward and his former wife divorced in April, according to court records.
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