Jackson Police Department Officer Jimmy Corona was fired Monday, about a week after he was arrested on charges of domestic assault.
“An event like this has the potential to damage the public’s trust, something we in the Jackson Police Department value highly and strive to maintain,” Chief of Police Todd Smith said in a statement announcing the decision. “We invest significantly in our people, and we set very high expectations of them both on-duty and off-duty.”
Smith recommended town administrators fire Corona after completing an internal affairs investigation of his Sept. 28 arrest. Corona had been placed on paid administrative leave during that investigation.
According to court records, deputies responded to an apartment Sept. 27 after they heard a woman screaming. Corona and a woman identified as his fiancee were separated for the night, but another altercation was reported Sunday night, causing deputies to return to the apartment.
“She stated she was running out of the apartment toward her vehicle when Corona grabbed her around her body and took her to the ground,” a deputy wrote in a document in the court file. “[Victim] is approximately eight weeks pregnant.”
Corona was arrested and charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment.
After a night in Teton County Jail, Corona entered pleas of not guilty in Teton County Circuit Court.
Corona was a patrol officer with the Jackson Police Department for about six years.
“We recognize that police officers are people too, and just like the rest of us they have personal issues and struggles in their lives that sometimes lead to conflict with those around them,” Smith said. “It’s hard at times, but we must hold ourselves to a higher standard and set the example for those we serve and do our utmost to uphold the public’s trust in our ability to provide for the health, safety and welfare of our community.”
Smith said his decision couldn’t wait for Corona’s criminal case to be decided.
“I have to look at the totality of the circumstances,” Smith said.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month in Teton County.
“The Jackson Police Department is committed to seeking justice for any and all victims of domestic violence regardless of who the perpetrator might be or what job they may hold in our community, especially those charged with protecting others,” Smith said.