Update: Washington County Detective Faces Domestic Battery, Assault Charges

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Update (April 28):
WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR (KNWA) — Washington County Detective Steven Hulsey was booked into the Washington County Detention center Monday afternoon on charges of Aggravated Asssault, 2nd degree Domestic Battery, Terroristic Threatening and False Imprisonment. He has bonded out on a $5,000 bond.

According to a police report, officers responded to a home for a barricaded suspect that was threatening suicide by cop on Thursday, April 23. The officers went inside an open back door of the house and heard Steven Hulsey telling them to go away behind the locked master bedroom door. Hulsey refused to let the officers in for an hour and a half, but then left the house without incident and was taken to the hospital by his attorney for a possible prescription drug overdose.

After Hulsey left, officers say they found a compact semi automatic AK-47 assault rifle with a fully-loaded clip and a semi-automatic HK pistol with a fully loaded clip in a clothes hamper in the master bathroom.

According to the report, officers spoke to Hulsey’s ex-wife who told them on the previous Friday, Hulsey had come home intoxicated and became violent with her, pushing her down. She also told police that Hulsey held a loaded gun to his head and pointed the gun at her and told her to kill him.

She told police Hulsey also got angry with her when she confronted him about an internal affairs investigation report involving him.

On Thursday, April 23, the ex-wife told police she and Hulsey got into an argument at the home, and Hulsey choked her until she blacked out. When she woke up, she told her daughters to call 911. She told police as she left the bedroom, that’s when she saw Hulsey go into the master bedroom and lock the door.

Police say they could see visible bruising and markings on the victim’s neck that were consistent with strangulation.

Update (April 27):
WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR (KNWA) — Greenland Police Chief Gary Ricker says his department plans to charge former Washington County Detective Steven Hulsey with felonies. Chief Ricker would not elaborate on what specifically the charges would be, and he declined to discuss the incident the charges stem from.

According to Chief Ricker, Hulsey is currently in the hospital. Ricker says his department will arrest and charge Hulsey once he is released from the hospital.

Chief Ricker says they opened an investigation on Hulsey last Thursday, and that Hulsey was admitted to the hospital that same day. He did not provide any further details on what took place or why Hulsey was hospitalized.

Original Story (April 27):
WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR (KNWA) – A local sheriff’s office detective has resigned.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says Detective Steven Hulsey resigned from his position last Wednesday, effective Friday, April 24.  

According to his letter of resignation, Hulsey says he resigned due to an internal investigation.

The sheriff’s office and county attorney say there is an open criminal investigation involving Hulsey, which is being handled by the Greenland Police Department.

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