A state police lieutenant is "almost speechless." The attorney general in Lansing sees "a serious matter." And public details are scarce in a case likely to end a young trooper's law enforcement career.
Adam Mullin, 25, is accused of assaulting his female partner while they were on duty, WJRT of Flint and other media report. The Caro post troopers were lovers, authorities say.
He's suspended without pay after arraignment on six criminal counts. The unnamed victim is recovering after hospital treatment of undisclosed injuries suffered Feb. 10 in the Bad Axe area. Mullin was arrested two days later.
"It is shocking. I am almost speechless," Lt. James Lang tells the TV station. "You hate to report this stuff." The lieutenant, on the force for 24 years, is assistant commander of the Tri-City Post in Freedland, southeast of Midland.
Mullin was held in the Lapeer County Jail on $250,000 bond after arraignment last Friday in a Huron County district court. He's ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family if released.
Here's what he's charged with:
- Assault with intent to do great bodily harm
- Obstruction of justice
- Official misconduct
- Injuring a police officer
- Aggravated domestic violence
- Committing a felony while carrying a firearm
The obstruction count involves an allegedly false report about how his on-duty and off-duty partner was hurt.
The Michigan Attorney General's Office is working with state police investigators. "Domestic violence is a serious matter and we are steadfast in holding those who commit these acts accountable -- law enforcement officers and civilians alike," says Kelly Rossman-McKinney, spokeswoman for Atty. Gen. Dana Nessel.
Beyong the criminal charges is the question of whether supervisors knew Mullin and his patrol partner were a couple -- and if so, why they were assigned together.