ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — A Seekonk police officer accused of several incidents of domestic violence appeared in Attleboro District Court the day after he was arraigned on similar charges in Taunton District Court.

Only Eyewitness News was in court Tuesday morning when the defense waived the reading of charges against Gary Rushing, 38, during his arraignment.

Massachusetts State Police arrested Rushing Friday and charged him with assault and battery with serious bodily injury; strangulation or suffocation; and assault and battery on a family or household member.

According to the arrest report, a civilian dispatcher with the Seekonk Police Department told State Police detectives she was in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship with officer Gary Rushing, 38, for about a year before it ended in late 2017.

Investigators said the woman detailed several incidents of abuse involving Rushing including several times when she said Rushing strangled her to unconsciousness. During another incident, she said Rushing pointed an unloaded gun – which she thought had bullets in it – to her head and pulled the trigger. 

Since the alleged incidents happened in both Seekonk and Attleboro, charges were filed in two different jurisdictions.

Eyewitness News caught up with Rushing’s attorney outside court Tuesday, who said there is no evidence corroborating the allegations.

“They came out of the blue. He’s shocked by them. He absolutely denies them,” attorney Kenneth Anderson said. “I suggest if he was not a police officer, he wouldn’t be here addressing these. But, we’re going to address them in the court system.”

Seekonk Police Chief Craig A. Mace Monday said Rushing – a two-year veteran with the force – was placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation.

Rushing remained free on personal recognizance, but was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and is not allowed to possess a firearm while the case is pending.