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Memphis officer arrested in entering ex-girlfriend's home with gun

by Arkansas Online | November 11, 2013 at 8:55 a.m.

A Memphis police officer has been arrested after he entered his ex-girlfriend's home with a handgun early Saturday, the Memphis Police Department said.

About 1 a.m., police responded to a report about an armed man at a home at 870 Crossfield Cove, the Memphis Police Department said in a statement. Police found off-duty officer James Valentine, 33, who they said got inside the home — which belonged to Valentine's ex-girlfriend — with a spare key that he never returned.

Police said Valentine was armed with a handgun and demanded a man who was in the home to leave. Officers later found the gun a bedroom,the department said. No injuries were reported.

Valentine was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and aggravated domestic violence assault.

Valentine has worked at the Memphis Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the Appling Farms police station, the report states. He has been suspended with pay pending a department investigation.


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