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Farmington Hills police officer arraigned on domestic violence charges

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published February 20, 2020


FARMINGTON HILLS/WARREN — A Farmington Hills police officer has been arraigned on domestic violence charges after a complaint was sent to Farmington Hills police by another police officer in the department last week. 

The officers charged has been identified by Warren and Farmington Hills police officials as Mario Vekic. 

Vekic was reportedly in a workplace romance with another Farmington Hills police officer when the two broke up around Valentine’s Day, Vekic’s attorney, Randy Rodnick, said. The complaint followed shortly after.

Farmington Hills police received the complaint Feb. 17 alleging that one of their officers “engaged in unlawful off-duty conduct,” according to a press release. After the department’s command staff examined the complaint, they determined the alleged conduct took place in Warren. 

“No criminal activity occurred in Farmington Hills,” Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King said. 

The department immediately advised Warren police of the reported incident. Farmington Hills officials said they have cooperated with Warren police officials during all appropriate aspects of the investigation. King added that his department has “facilitated anything we could give them.” 

Warren police then notified Farmington Hills police on Feb. 19 that an arrest warrant was authorized. They arrested Vekic at the Farmington Hills Police Department Feb. 19 while he was on duty. 

Vekic was arraigned in 37th District Court Feb. 20 before Judge Michael Chupa on three charges: discharge of a weapon inside a building — a felony of up to 10 years in prison — stalking and domestic violence. His bail was set at 50,000 cash or surety, with a GPS tether upon release. 

According to police, the female officer reported that Vekic slapped, kicked and choked her at her home in Warren, as well as stalked her. 

The discharge of a weapon also occurred in the home, though Rodnick said that charge is unrelated to the domestic violence charges. The female officer was not hit by gunfire. 

“Evidently, the discharge occurred allegedly maybe four weeks earlier, five weeks earlier, maybe two months earlier, something like that. It was unrelated,” Rodnick said. “My understanding is it was accidental.” 

Vekic is next due in court March 3 before Judge Suzanne Faunce. He is currently out on bond with a GPS tether. 

“It’s an unfortunate situation. It obviously affects his job as a police officer. We’ll see how that goes,” Rodnick said.

At press time, King could not comment much on the investigation, deferring to the Warren Police Department. 

“The criminal investigation is being conducted by Warren police and is still active,” he said. “It’s a continuing investigation. … It’s improper for me to make a comment on their investigation.” 

The officer has been placed on unpaid leave with the Farmington Hills Police Department, pending further investigation. 

“Because of employment law and the procedure due process, there has been no decision made, but we are in the process of handling the preliminary investigation internally (and) administratively,” King said. “We’ll be moving forward with that at the appropriate time.” 

Vekic was hired by the Farmington Hills Police Department in 2018, after graduating from the Detroit Police Academy in 2017 and serving a short stint with Detroit PD. The female officer who reported the complaint has since left her post with the Farmington Hills Police Department.