Phoenix Police officer faces domestic violence charges

FOX 10's Jessica Flores reports.


PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- A Phoenix Police officer lands in jail after his girlfriend said he became violent. Officer Jeremy Hessner is an 11-year veteran with the department, which is now investigating him after these serious allegations.

Peoria Police say the 33-year-old assaulted his girlfriend.  The 9-1-1 call came in just after midnight. According to PPD, the caller said after an argument, Hessner started breaking things.

"Upon arrival, we saw both had been drinking and during the course of the argument, the boyfriend had shoved her... and after the argument, he did some damage to some furniture and the kitchen,"explained PPD's Deputy Director Jay Davies.

Peoria Police say the victim did not need to go to a hospital. Investigators say she is an officer as well and she alerted police of the handguns in their home.

Hessner now faces charges for domestic violence and criminal damage.

"Domestic violence is a very serious crime.. a very serious problem, whether you are a police officer or not, this is something the community can't tolerate and something that has to be taken seriously," said Davies.

Phoenix Police say the officer has not been put on leave, but when he returns, he will be re-assigned to a non-enforcement position, pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations.

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