November 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM
Off-duty Seattle cop accused of assaulting estranged wife
An off-duty Seattle police officer was arrested late last night for allegedly assaulting his estranged wife in Lake Stevens.
According to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office’s incident report, the wife called 911 around 10 p.m. about being shoved and kicked by her husband at their Lake Stevens home. He denied assaulting his wife, according to a sheriff’s report.
The officer told deputies the couple are in the process of getting divorced and she planned to move out of the home this weekend. The Sheriff’s deputy who responded to the scene wrote in his report that the wife “seemed confused when I asked her if she was kicked or not.”
The 41-year-old officer was booked into Snohomish County Jail for investigation of misdemeanor domestic violence assault. He was released from jail at 11 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton. The Sheriff’s Office notified Seattle police of the arrest.
The officer is assigned to the Police Department’s Special Operations Bureau, but has been administratively re-assigned to home.
The case has been referred to the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), which will monitor the Snohomish County case. Upon the conclusion of the criminal case, OPA will proceed with a separate administrative investigation into the officer’s conduct, according to police.
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