CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A Ranson (W.Va.) Police Department officer charged with domestic battery after an altercation with his brother Monday has been placed on administrative leave, Ranson Police chief William Roper said Tuesday.
Ranson Police Department Capt. Perry M. "Mickey" Ballenger, 56, of Millville, W.Va., was released Monday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond set by Jefferson County Magistrate Gail Boober during an arraignment hearing, according to court records.
"He's on administrative leave, indefinitely," Roper said.
Ballenger's brother, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Earl Ballenger, 58, told investigating Sheriff's Deputy P.G. Smith that he wanted to press charges against his sibling after the fight at 57 TJ Longerbeam Drive in Millville.
Smith said she was dispatched to investigate the altercation at 3:45 p.m.
The deputy said in her complaint that when she arrived just before 4 p.m., she was told by a witness that the brothers began to argue and then fought.