A South Palm Beach police officer faces battery, dating violence and false imprisonment charges stemming from allegations his girlfriend made against him last month.
Mark McKirchy, a senior patrol officer and 22-year veteran of the town’s department, was arrested by Boynton Beach police on Sept. 24. South Palm Beach Police Chief Carl Webb said McKirchy, 56, has been put indefinitely on administrative leave without pay.
“This is something you just can’t tolerate,” Webb said.
Boynton Beach police investigators say McKirchy locked his girlfriend in his apartment for about three hours on Sept. 2 and refused to let her leave. She told police McKirchy threw her to the ground when she attempted to go and took her purse, phone and car keys.
The Lake Worth woman was able to escape after several hours through an open garage door, police said, and she suffered scratches and bruises.
McKirchy, the third-ranking officer in South Palm Beach, has served as the department’s union representative and played a leading role in contract negotiations with the town.
— Dan Moffett