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Area trooper arrested on domestic violence charges
KHP trooper faces charges of felony assault, battery and witness intimidation
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A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper from Great Bend was arrested Thursday evening on a felony warrant for allegedly threatening his wife with a handgun on March 12, 2013.
Trooper Darrin Duane Hirsh was booked at the Barton County jail on the warrant for aggravated assault, two counts of criminal threat, domestic battery, two counts of witness intimidation and two counts of violation of a protective order. He posted a $50,000 surety bond and was released.
A Kansas Bureau of Investigation spokesperson in Great Bend confirmed the arrest Friday morning.
A statement released by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office Friday afternoon said Hirsh, 37, was arrested by the KBI at 8:42 p.m. His first appearance in Barton County District Court has been scheduled for 1 p.m. July 21.
Upon the request of Barton County Attorney Douglas A. Matthews, the Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the case. Assistant Attorney General Jessica Domme will lead the prosecution team.
According to the criminal complaint filed Friday, the aggravated assault, criminal threat and domestic battery charges stem from an incident that occurred March 12, 2013.
As for the assault, the complaint reads “Darrin Duane Hirsh did unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly place another person, to-wit: Candice R. Hirsh, in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm with a deadly weapon, to-wit: hand gun.”
Under the criminal threat counts, Darrin Hirsh is alleged to have said “be quiet and it would all be over soon,” and “I will be taking them (the kids) too.” The complaint charges the threat was communicated with the intent to place the victim in fear.
The domestic battery charge alleges he knowingly or recklessly caused bodily harm to his wife.
The witness intimidation charges dates to March 11 and 12 of this year. On both counts, it is alleged that Hirsh unlawfully attempted to prevent or dissuade his wife from making a report to law enforcement or from causing a complaint to be sought and prosecuted.
The protective order violations coincide with the intimidation charges.