Mapleton police officer off force, charged in domestic violence assault case

Nov 10, 2023, 10:08 PM | Updated: 10:16 pm

MAPLETON — An officer is off the force after he was charged this week in a domestic violence assault case.

According to court and jail documents, Orem police officers responded Tuesday evening to the home of 24-year-old Mapleton police Officer Shaun Comsa on a report of arguing and discovered bruising on the alleged victim.

“While speaking to the victim, she stated that he had bruise marks on her wrist and the rear of her left leg from being grabbed in the past day,” the probable cause statement read. “She stated she also had a bruise mark on the left side of her ribs. Officers observed the locations she stated had been injured, resulting in minimal bruising being observed.”

The woman, the documents stated, told officers she had “attempted to leave, resulting in Comsa grabbing her and trying to push her outside.”

The documents also said the woman reported that Comsa had grabbed and ripped her pants, kept her phone for a time, and even started stabbing the couch with a knife during an argument.

Comsa, according to the documents, admitted to stabbing the couch “due to his anger” and said he had grabbed the woman “due to her attempting to leave and believing she would grab items to throw at him.”

Comsa was arrested and subsequently charged with domestic violence assault, domestic violence damage to or interruption of a communication device, and domestic violence property damage or destruction, all class B misdemeanors.

According to Mapleton police Chief John Jackson, Comsa was placed on administrative leave pending termination on Wednesday, but Comsa ultimately resigned.

He said the details would also be provided by the agency that oversees police certifications.

Ashlee Taylor, executive director of The Refuge Utah, said advocates see all too many cases where suddenly the violence boils over and she urged family members and friends to follow their gut instincts.

“A lot of times when we see individuals that are seeking out help, it has been a slow process,” Taylor said. “There have been many instances and many things that have happened where someone is trying to gain that power and control over them, and then finally something major happens that makes them seek out help.”

Taylor said conversations with trained case workers can help bring problems to light.

“It does happen more than we know, and there are resources for help,” Taylor said. “Often it starts small and starts with the little things and it can progress and get worse, so just realizing to look for those little patterns of power and control and to make sure we’re modeling those healthy relationships within our families.”

If you have experienced sexual violence, you can access help and resources by calling Utah’s 24-hour Sexual Violence Help Line at 1-801-736-4356 (English) or 1-801-924-0860 (Spanish). You can also call the Rape Recovery Center office line during office hours at 801-467-7282 or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 for free, confidential counseling.

KSL 5 TV Live


A University of Nevada, Las Vegas, student talks on his cellphone after a shooting reported on camp...

Dan Rascon and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Nervous UNLV students return back to campus after fatal shooting

UNLV students and teachers describe the terrifying moments of the mass shooting that killed three professors on Wednesday.

8 hours ago

A vigil was held on Dec. 7, 2023 for the 435 Utahns killed by guns in 2023. The group running the v...

Alex Cabrero

Sandy vigil honors 435 Utahns killed by guns in 2023

A vigil held on Dec. 7, 2023 honored the lives lost of 435 Utahns killed by guns in 2023.

8 hours ago

A training video of an active shooter scenario produced by the University of Utah for students, sta...

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News

How have University of Utah police prepared for an attack like the one at UNLV?

The University of Utah is prepared for an active aggressor event, like the one that occurred on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.

8 hours ago

A man already accused of killing another man in a Salt Lake parking lot has now been linked to a do...

Pat Reavy,

Salt Lake murder suspect tied to second downtown shooting, police say

A Salt Lake murder suspect already in custody was tied to a second downtown shooting that injured one person in June.

10 hours ago

A still image taken from body camera footage released by Cottonwood Heights Police Department detai...

Mary Culbertson

Body camera footage shows man arrested, later charged for pointing toy gun at officers

Police body camera footage shows the arrest of Sven Oakeson, after he pointed a toy gun at the arresting officer and remained agitated and uncooperative while being detained.

1 day ago

Law enforcement officers head into the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus after reports of an ...

Ken Ritter and Rio Yamat, Associated Press

Police say 3 dead, fourth wounded and shooter also dead in UNLV attack in Las Vegas

Three people were fatally shot Wednesday and a fourth person was critically wounded in an attack on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, police said. The suspected shooter also was found dead.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Mapleton police officer off force, charged in domestic violence assault case