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Saturday, January 31, 2009

[AZ] Officer Turcotte seen choking his wife. 2nd dv call to thier house in 3 months.

...[THIS MONTH] A WITNESS SAW TURCOTTE CHOKING HIS WIFE, WHICH LEFT HER WITH MARKS ON HER THROAT AND SOFT-TISSUE DAMAGE... [OF NOVEMBER INCIDENT] "I DID NOT PRESS ANY FORMAL CHARGES BECAUSE I WAS NOT ACTUALLY HARMED AND DID NOT WANT TO RUIN HIS CAREER AS A POLICE OFFICER"...

GILBERT OFFICER ON LEAVE IN DOMESTIC DISPUTE

East Valley Tribune, AZ
Gary Grado
January 30, 2009
A rookie Gilbert police officer and his wife were arrested Jan. 22, the day after officers went to their house on a domestic violence call. It was the second time in three months that Gilbert police responded to the home of officer Michael Turcotte and his wife, Linda Turcotte, to intercede in a family fight. Turcotte, 49, who had been working as a patrolman for six months, is on paid administrative leave while his criminal case is pending, according to Sgt. Mark Marino, Gilbert police spokesman. Once the criminal case, which includes the allegation of misdemeanor assault, is resolved, then Turcotte will undergo an internal affairs investigation... According to a police report, a witness saw Turcotte choking his wife, which left her with marks on her throat and soft-tissue damage. Linda Turcotte is accused of slapping her husband in the Jan. 21 incident... Police were called to the house on Nov. 13 when Linda Turcotte accused her husband of threatening her with a knife, according to court records. "I did not press any formal charges because I was not actually harmed and did not want to ruin his career as a police officer," Linda Turcotte wrote in her petition for an order of protection... Marino said an investigation of the Nov. 13 incident determined Linda Turcotte's allegations were baseless. [Full article here]

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