CROWN POINT — A Merrillville police detective has been assigned to desk duty as the Lake County Sheriff's Department investigates allegations he pointed a gun at his 19-year-old stepdaughter's head, according to Merrillville's police chief and sheriff's records.
The allegations against Detective George Fields are part of a Dec. 4 police report released Monday by the Sheriff's Department, in response to a public records request from The Times.
Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch said he's awaiting a decision on charges by the Lake County prosecutor's office.
No actions against Fields have been filed before the three-member Merrillville Metropolitan Board of Police Commissioners, pending a decision on criminal charges, Petruch said.
"It's a personnel matter," he said.
Fields' attorney, Matthew Fech, said no charges have been filed and the matter remains under investigation.
"My client maintains his innocence as it relates to the allegations," Fech said. He declined further comment.*
According to the police report, Lake County sheriff's police responded about 6 p.m. Dec. 4 to the area of Wicker and 181st avenues for a report of an intoxicated man who left a home in the area driving "an unmarked (Merrillville PD) Dodge Ram pickup truck."
About 8 p.m., sheriff's police were again dispatched to the area of Wicker and West 197th avenues to speak with the 19-year-old and her mother, who was married to Fields, the report says.
The women told police Fields and his wife were going through a divorce, Fields was intoxicated and left his West Creek Township home for his girlfriend's house in his unmarked vehicle, the police report states.
The 19-year-old called police to search for Fields. Fields heard over his police radio that officers were looking for him and returned to the West Creek Township home, the report states.
The women accused Fields of arguing with his wife upon his return, going to the garage, re-entering the home and asking, "You're really going to call the police and (expletive) up my career?"
The 19-year-old then told Fields she called the police, and he allegedly walked up behind her, removed a handgun from his pocket and pointed it at the back of her head, according to the report.
The women told police they ran out of the home as Fields allegedly continued to point a gun at them.
Fields wasn't at the home when Lake County sheriff's police arrived, the report says. Lake County officers entered the home and cleared it, before confiscating three handguns.
Sheriff's Department detectives presented the case to the Lake County prosecutor's office about three weeks ago, sheriff's spokesman Emiliano Perez said.
* Editor's note: This story has been updated with comment from George Fields' attorney.