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Another Raleigh Police Officer Charged

Posted November 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— For the second time in a week a Raleigh police officer stands accused of a crime. This time the allegation is against a senior patrol officer who's been on the force for almost a decade. Again this time, the alleged victim is a woman.

Garris Evans, 42, has been charged with second-degree trespassing and communicating threats to a woman. Investigators say the incident occurred Saturday night at the woman's home. Evans was arrested Monday night and released 24 minutes after the arrest.

Details about any relationship between Evans and the alleged victim are not known. There are no restraining orders against him on file with the Wake County Civil or Criminal Court.

Interact Domestic Violence Counselor Marie French says the Raleigh Police Department has just made a strong commitment to reduce domestic violence. She says they now need to look within their own ranks.

Police Psychologist Michael Teague says the department intends to treat these two cases as it would any others.

The usual procedure in a case such as this is to place the officer on administrative duty, or place him on paid leave. In this situation, a criminal investigators and internal affairs will both conduct investigations.