According to Seattle police, an off-duty SPD officer was arrested late Tuesday night in Snohomish County after a domestic violence incident. The 41-year-old male officer, who works in the Special Operations Bureau, allegedly assaulted his estranged wife, pushing her down during a doorway confrontation in the couple's home.
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According to a police report from the incident provided by SPD (included below), the unhappy couple is in the process of separating -- but they still share a residence, with the male SPD officer living downstairs, and his soon-to-be ex-wife living upstairs. Though the wife is scheduled to move out Saturday, according to the husband's statements in police reports, apparently that day can't come soon enough.
By the sound of it, Tuesday night the tension spilled over. According to the police report, officers arrived on the scene at approximately 10:29 p.m. after receiving a call from a woman who said her husband had pushed her down and kicked her, and that he was a Seattle Police officer who may "HBD" - police shorthand for "have been drinking," according to my own cursory Google search.
As Snohomish Sheriff's deputies were in the process of responding to the call, the police report notes that the male SPD officer in question called 911 himself. Rebutting his wife's call, which came only a minute before his, he reported that there was no assault, but that his wife definitely "HBD".
Upon arriving on the scene, the responding sheriff's deputy found both husband and wife at the front door, "calm" according to the police report. The husband didn't appear intoxicated, according to the responding officer, but he did report having taken an Ambien earlier in preparation for bed. The wife, who was interviewed second, didn't appear intoxicated either, but did appear to have been crying.
In statements collected in the police report, the couple agrees that an argument started in the doorway of the husband's bedroom. He apparently wanted her to leave so he could go to bed. She didn't leave. Then he pushed her.
How hard is what's being contested.
In police reports, the wife recalls a "violent" shove with both hands to her shoulders, causing her to onto the floor. She said she wasn't injured, but she was extremely scared.
The husband, on the other hand, recalls a simple shove to his wife so he could shut his bedroom door, and a fall to the floor caused by his wife's intoxication level. He told police his wife's fall seemed so ridiculous that he started to laugh.
Despite the fact the wife reported to a 911 dispatcher that her husband kicked her during the assault, by the time police arrived she said there was no kicking involved in the incident. She also told sheriff's deputies she didn't want her husband to get in trouble; she just wanted him to leave. When advised of the state's domestic violence law, however, the police report notes she was "adamant" her husband had assaulted her and agreed to provide a written statement.
Seattle police say the situation has led to the unnamed cop to being "administratively re-assigned to home pending the on-going investigation." They also say the OPA is monitoring the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office investigation, and will launch its own probe of the officer's conduct once the criminal case is completed.
Here's the police report: