Officer's wife says he held gun to her head

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – A detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is accused of assaulting his wife and father-in-law Saturday.

Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Office said they responded to an Orange Park home in reference to a domestic dispute, according to a report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

A police report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office states the following:

When they arrived 35-year-old John Leland Townsend met them in the driveway. Townsend was described as mumbling and as having a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, the report detailed. Deputies allegedly had to ask Townsend what happened several times due to his alleged slurred speech and mumbling.

Townsend's 30-year-old wife, 54-year-old father-in-law and 53 mother-in-law were also at the home when deputies arrived. According to Townsend's wife, the incident began as an argument over the couple's dogs, but escalated due to Townsend's alleged intoxicated state.

Townsend was described as being belligerent and is accused of complaining about his sex life with his wife to his father-in-law. Townsend's wife allegedly had to explain to her parents that this is how Townsend behaves when he drinks and claimed that Townsend has pointed gun at her head and his own head in the past. The reports states Townsend's father-in-law responded by calling Townsend a "son of a [expletive]."

Townsend then charged at his wife and father-in-law, attempting to hit them. Townsend was tackled by his father-in-law and held down, so his wife could call the police. Townsend's father-in-law suffered a bruise with swelling over his left eye during the altercation, according to the report.

Townsend was booked into the Clay County Jail early Saturday morning and was charged with simple assault, assault and resisting officer without violence. A Glock .40 caliber was removed from home following the incident.

Townsend's wife stated in the report he is part of the JSO burglary unit.

The JSO statement released to the media Monday is pictured below:


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