Kansas state trooper charged with assault, threats

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper faces multiple felony charges stemming from a domestic dispute with his wife.

A complaint filed Friday charges 37-year-old Darrin Duane Hirsh of Great Bend with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of criminal threat, domestic battery, two counts of witness intimidation and two counts of violation of a restraining order.

Hirsh was released on a $50,000 bond after his arrest Thursday night. A first court appearance is scheduled for July 21. It wasn’t immediately clear Friday whether Hirsh has an attorney. A phone number listed at his address rang unanswered.

The aggravated assault charge stems from a March 12, 2013, incident during which he allegedly threatened his wife, Candice Hirsh, with a handgun. One of the criminal threat counts alleges he told his wife to “be quiet and it would all be over soon,” and the other count alleges he also told her he would be “taking” the children too. The witness intimidation counts allege he tried to keep his wife from reporting the crime, and the violation of protective order relate to encounters this past March.

The patrol says Hirsh is on leave without pay pending an internal investigation.


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