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Friday, March 19, 2010

[AZ] Sgt. Smith's "ongoing domestic violence/relations issues" end in firing after said-threat to kill wife allegation

 ...the couple are apparently again living together...

PEORIA POLICE SERGEANT FIRED; ALLEGEDLY THREATENED WIFE
The Arizona Republic
by Dustin Gardiner
Mar. 19, 2010 10:05 AM
[Excerpts] A Peoria police sergeant has been fired for allegedly threatening to kill his wife and engaging in other misconduct. Sgt. Tim Smith is accused of verbally threatening his wife during a telephone argument in December, saying, "If you come in here with the cops, you'll be the first one to die," his spouse told police. He was reportedly using a city-issued cell phone at the time of the incident and sent several harassing text messages... Smith, 51, is appealing his termination... According to the report, he told police investigators that he was too intoxicated at the time of the December argument to remember what he said or texted. His wife called police to alert them to the threat, though the couple are apparently again living together... Police Chief Larry Ratcliff has declined to comment on the case until after the appeal process... Detectives in Glendale's Family Crimes Unit performed the bulk of the investigation. Their report states that the investigation into the December incident revealed "ongoing domestic violence/relations issues" between Smith and his wife as well as other unsuitable conduct he had engaged in... Smith admitted throwing a drink on a man who bought his wife a beverage... Other misconduct involved damaging walls or furniture in the couple's home or apartment on several occasions... Smith was also admonished for misusing city property by placing a GPS tracking device on his wife's car without her knowledge or department permission. [Full article here]

GPS = stalking.
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1 comment:

  1. Fired Peoria Sergeant to Appeal Termination
    MyFox Phoenix
    Updated: Friday, 26 Mar 2010, 4:40 PM MDT
    Published : Friday, 26 Mar 2010, 4:40 PM MDT

    PEORIA - A Peoria Police officer who was fired for allegedly threatening his wife is now fighting to get his job back.

    Police say 51-year-old Tim Smith was fired after he threatened to kill his wife and sent her threatening text messages.

    Sgt. Smith is accused of telling his wife over a city-issued phone in December, "If you come in here with the cops, you'll be the first one to die," his wife told police.

    According to an internal investigations report, Smith told investigators he was too drunk to remember what he said or texted to his wife.

    The report also mentioned an incident in which Smith placed a GPS tracking device on his wife's car without her knowledge or the department's permission. He was admonished.

    Prosecutors have now filed misdemeanor domestic violence and criminal damage charges against Smith.

    Smith is appealing his termination and an administrative hearing is set for April 28 and 29.

    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/local/nw_valley/fired-peoria-officer-appeal-3-26-2010

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