Indiana cop who beat wife so savagely her 'eye came out of its socket’ charged with domestic battery

Jason Norman called emergency services from his home in February after reporting that his wife had injured herself from a fall from the tub, and as a result, her right eye was "coming out of its socket"


                            Indiana cop who beat wife so savagely her 'eye came out of its socket’ charged with domestic battery
Jason Norman (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: A 14-year veteran Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officer was charged last week after he was accused of beating his wife up so savagely, her eye was “coming out of its socket."

Jason D. Norman was charged Friday with two felonies, domestic battery, and criminal confinement, and a misdemeanor count of domestic battery, Hamilton County prosecutors said in court records reviewed by the Indianapolis Star. The records did not list separate charges for the incident that caused the suspect's wife to lose her right eye back in February. In addition, the probable cause affidavit offered no details on what exactly happened on the day in question.

Norman called emergency services on from his home in Sheridan on February 25, after reporting that his wife had injured herself from a fall from the tub, and as a result, her right eye was was "coming out of its socket." She was rushed to the Ascension St. Vincent Hospital where she underwent surgery. The incident led to the launch of an IMPD investigation which revealed a pattern of domestic abuse allegations against Norman. 

A week after the incident happened, the victim was interrogated by investigators, where she remembered "salient details" of what happened the night of her eye injury. She also recounted several times that Normal had abused her over a span of two years. 

One of those instances happened in May or early June of 2019 when she had locked herself in a bathroom to escape from her husband. She was sitting and crying on the floor when Norman kicked in the door open, which hit her face and her nose broke. Sgt. John Green of IMPD's Special Investigation Unit wrote in the probable cause affidavit that the victim "described having to reset her nose, or pop it back into place, after this injury." 

In another instance on June 29, 2019, the accused's wife tried to leave the house because Norman was angry and she wanted to give him time to "cool off." But before she could do that, the suspect parked his squad car sideways on the driveway to block the garage. The photo of the car placement which was clicked by the victim at the time and sent to her cousin was filed as part of the probable cause affidavit. "(Norman's wife) stated she didn’t attempt to leave the residence because she was fearful Jason David Norman would physically prevent her from doing so," Green wrote.

Back in August last year, he "was getting worked up watching a political show with the volume loud" when he thought that his wife was saying something. He reacted by grabbing her leg and pulling her off the couch so hard that she badly hit her knee. His wife claimed that the accused then said sorry and told her to “just walk it off, it’s gonna be fine, you’re gonna be fine.” After that, he went back to watching television. "(Norman's wife) likened the way Jason David Norman pulled her off the couch to the way you start a pull-start lawnmower," Green wrote. 

Police chief Randal Taylor suspended the accused last week and has recommended to the Citizens Police Merit Board that he be sacked from the department. 

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