Two students enrolled in the Greenville Police Department Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Academy were arrested following a fight late Saturday night, according to a press release from GPD.
Christian Thomas Russell, 38, was arrested for simple assault and Brittany Johanna Barnett, 28, was arrested for “resist delay or obstruct” and “intoxicated and disruptive,” according to the press release.
Russell and Barnett were arrested at the scene after GPD responded to a fight involving multiple individuals on the side of the road at 1600 block of Worthington Road. According to the release, two others involved in the fight were also charged.
GPD said the fight happened outside of the city of Greenville’s jurisdiction, and the investigation is being handled by the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Russell and Barnett are suspended without pay until the internal investigation is completed.
“I am deeply disappointed to learn of the arrests of two of our trainees,” Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said in the release. “This behavior is not indicative of the standards for which we hold our employees. The conduct allegedly displayed last night is an embarrassment to the entire law enforcement profession and will not be tolerated at the Greenville Police Department. We will cooperate fully with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol to ensure the case is thoroughly investigated."