AJC: 'We’re gonna die tonight,' cop allegedly told girlfriend
(Note - The woman who was attacked is a police officer from East Point GA as well)
Anyone who has ever gotten a speeding ticket from this cop might have grounds for appeal. This guy seems a bit crazy.
An East Point police detective flew into a jealous rage early Monday morning when he allegedly choked and handcuffed his police girlfriend, authorities said.
Detective Jessie Lee Burden confronted his live-in girlfriend, another East Point cop, about another man while slapping her in the face and intermittently saying, “I love you,” a day after she wanted to end the relationship, according a Fulton County police incident report.
Burden at one point tried to smother the woman with her pillow and waved his service pistol, telling her, “We’re gonna die tonight.”
Burden was arrested later Monday morning and charged by Fulton County police with false imprisonment, aggravated assault and battery for holding her at gunpoint for nearly two hours.
He’s been released on $65,000 bond and is on paid administrative leave from the East Point Police Department.
Police said they found the woman at a neighbor’s house around 3 a.m.
The neighbor told police the woman had been screaming for help. The woman has taken several days off, East Point police said.
Details emerging from the police report paint a eerie picture of an imposing figure — Burden weighed 350 lbs and stood 6 feet, 2 inches tall — flying into an apparent fit of anger and attacking his 38-year-old girlfriend.
The report said the woman returned home around 10 p.m. Sunday night from working a case and went straight to bed, and Burden, 42, got home an hour later.
The woman had just ended the relationship, and Burden said he wanted to talk. She said she just wanted to sleep, and he left the downstairs master bedroom and went to a room upstairs.
An hour passed, and the woman told police she heard a loud rumbling, then a stomp from upstairs.
As she got up, Burden stormed into the bedroom, threw her back onto the bed and started to strangle her, police said.
“Who is Eric?” the report said Burden yelled, while slapping and kissing her. “What ... is Eric doing calling here?”
The woman said Eric was a friend as Burden reached at the gun belt she kept by the bed for handcuffs.
Burden cuffed her left wrist, and the couple struggled, falling off the bed. She screamed and threw a picture frame at the glass door to get someone’s attention.
The woman said he applied so much force she felt her arm would break before he finally could cuff both her hands together behind her back.
As Burden continued to scream at her, the woman told him the handcuffs were hurting her and asked him to take them off.
“No ... ! You’re gonna listen to me,” Burden told the woman, while pulling out his pistol. “We’re gonna die tonight.”
Burden began trying to have sex with the woman, and she started praying aloud and begging him to stop.
“I love you,” he told her as he lay the handgun next to her head and started to put a pillow over her face.
Finally, Burden got off the woman, took a drink from a tequila bottle he pulled from his back pocket, and eventually took the handcuffs off her.
He sat at the end of the bed and, as the couple talked, Burden said, “You don’t love me.”
When police arrived, Burden had fled to Griffin, where he would later be arrested, police said.