EPD Officer Arrested for Battery and Domestic Violence

EPD Officer Jamarius Dontae Ward is accused of two felonies involving his son.

Posted: Feb 3, 2021 7:29 PM
Updated: Feb 4, 2021 3:13 PM

According to the Evansville Police Department, one of their own officers was arrested following an investigation into domestic violence against his son.

Officer Jamarius Dontae Ward was arrested and charged with one count of "Domestic Violence on a Family Member under the age of 14."

Ward is also being charged with one count of "Battery by an Adult on a Person less than 14 years old."

Both charges are level 5 felonies.

The minor victim is not being identified but is under the age of 14, according to the charges.

The Department of Child Services, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office, and EPD worked together on the investigation.

Ward was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail just before 7:00 pm Wednesday. A judge has not yet set a bond amount in this case.

EPD is expected to release more information about this incident at a media briefing Thursday.

An update to this story has been published here: EPD Officer Suspended Without Pay Following Domestic Violence Allegations

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