WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — He has been called numerous times to respond to domestic violence in his role as a police officer. Now a Farmington Hills police officer is accused of the crime.
Mario Vekic was in jail as 37th District Court Judge Michael Chupa arraigned him, by video, on charges of discharging a firearm into a building, stalking and domestic violence.
Investigators with Warren Police told the judge that his girlfriend of seven months, who is also a Farmington Hills police officer, survived repeated violence at her home in Warren.
They told the judge she was slapped, choked, and physically thrown around in her home by Vekic.
They saw damage in her house. Some of it was caused by Vekic bouncing her head off the walls.
He allegedly fired a gun in her house during a fight.
She told police she resigned from her job at Farmington Hills Police Department because she feared for her life. Now that he is facing charges she is hoping to be reinstated.
Defense attorney Randy Rodnick tells 7 Action News Vekic accidentally fired the gun back in January. He says the allegations are only coming out now because his ex is angry.
“None of this came up until now, because of the break up. I think that has a lot to do with it, but we will see,” said Rodnick.
“We are not going to have another dead domestic partner situation,“ said Judge Chupa, when the defense asked for a low personal bond.
The judge set Vekic’s bond at $50,000 cash.
Vekic has pleaded not guilty to the charges.