Fresno fire captain arrested for domestic violence
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Action News has learned a ranking officer was arrested just a month after the chief was charged with felony domestic violence.
Captain Jonathan Lusk is accused of shoving his wife during a dispute Friday morning.
An arrest on domestic violence charges brought an unwanted spotlight to Fresno Fire Chief Rob Brown and the department he still officially leads. That light now also shines on Capt. Lusk.
A 911 call from his wife about some shoving led Fresno County sheriff's deputies to arrest him Friday. He was released after less than two hours and ABC30 legal analyst Tony Capozzi says prosecutors have a tough decision on whether to even file a misdemeanor case.
"It sounds like a difficult case to prosecute," Capozzi said. "It's he said-she said. There are no pictures, no visible injuries."
Capozzi says prosecutors probably won't give a thought to Chief Brown's case as they decide what to do with Lusk. But another high profile case -- from 1994 -- may affect the outcome.
"Ever since the O.J. Simpson case a number of years ago where domestic violence wasn't taken seriously, it's changed the philosophy of district attorneys' offices, attorney generals' offices, any prosecution office, these cases are looked at very carefully," Capozzi said. "And if there's a chance to prosecute, if there's any inkling that this happened, they'll be prosecuted."
Chief Brown is on paid leave while he deals with his felony charges, but a city spokesman refused to say whether Lusk is on leave, saying it's a personnel matter.
Lusk's attorney says sheriff's deputies are making a mountain out of a mole hill and she does not expect prosecutors to file a criminal case.
Lusk is due in court in October.
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