WKU police sergeant arrested for domestic violence

Rafael Casas
Rafael Casas(WBKO)
Published: Aug. 27, 2018 at 10:27 AM CDT
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A Western Kentucky University police sergeant was arrested early Monday on a domestic violence charge.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on W McClellan Road for an unknown disturbance involving a firearm.

When deputies arrived they talked to Rafael Casas, Sr. who told them he was having a dispute with his son, Rafael Casas, Jr.

Casas, Jr. was found in his bedroom where he told deputies he and his father were arguing over a dog when he said Casas, Sr. punched him in the left side of his neck. He said he then went upstairs to his room where he grabbed a .22 caliber Ruger rifle. Casas, Jr. said he went to the top of the stairs where he told his father if he touched him again he would “blow his head off,” and then put the rifle back in its case.

Casas, Jr. told deputies he pointed the rifle at the ceiling. Deputies said he had a red mark on the left side of his neck.

According to deputies Casas, Sr. was intoxicated. He told them while he and his son were arguing about the dog, Casas, Jr. began yelling at Casas, Sr.’s sister. Casas, Sr. told deputies when he walked towards his son telling him not to yell at his sister, Casas, Jr. tried to kick him, so he slapped him and told him to shut up.

Due to statements from the father and son, and the father’s sister, Casas, Sr. was determined to be the primary aggressor of domestic violence and taken to the Warren County Jail.

Casas, Jr., 19, was cited for terroristic threatening, 3rd degree.

WKU police said Casas, Sr. has been put on paid administrative leave indefinitely.

The force has 24 sworn officers. They said the department will carry on with business as usual.

"Our primary focus is the university, keeping our students in our focus, and serving our community to the best way that we possibly can, and doing everything we can to keep them safe," said Tim Gray, the department's public information officer.