Peace officer charged in domestic violence (updated)

BALTIMORE —Police have arrested and charged a six-year city police veteran in connection with a domestic violence incident involving his wife after he confronted her an her boyfriend.

Police said 35-year-old Gualberto Diaz was in full uniform and working when he went to the 2900 block of Brighton Street where he confronted the pair around 9:30 a.m. Monday.

During the incident, Diaz broke into the boyfriend’s home, physically assaulted his wife and displayed his service weapon while making threats, police said.

According to charging documents, "Gualberto pulled her out of bed by her hair and began kicking her in her face, head and body. (He) pointed his service weapon at her and told her he wanted to kill her but wouldn't do it at that time."

Police said the boyfriend jumped out of a second-floor window causing substantial lacerations to his body. After leaving the home, Diaz returned to work where he asked to be excused for the remainder of his shift and did not report the events that had just happened, police said.

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Both victims left the home and when to area hospitals where they were treated for their injuries and released, police said.

Officials said once the Police Department was notified of the incident that afternoon, internal affairs detectives responded to the home and initiated an intensive investigation, finding witnesses and collecting evidence.

Police said the investigation revealed that Diaz was responsible for the assault and burglary. After obtaining an arrest warrant for Diaz, officers found him and arrested him without incident, police said.

City police released a statement Tuesday saying, "This is an incident where an officer broke the law and as this administration has repeatedly stated, we are unwavering in our expectations of our officers. We are not above the law. If you break the law, you will be arrested and held accountable. This investigation was thorough and unbiased; regardless of who you are we will be fair and just in our investigation and go where the facts lead us."

Diaz has been charged with three counts of first- and second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, multiple firearm charges and destruction of property.

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"The Baltimore Police Department has no tolerance for officers who break the law, for officers who inflict harm on their community and family. Officers who abuse their power compromise the trust and relationships that we have built with the public. There is no excuse for this type of behavior and senseless act of violence. I offer my sentiments to his family and I want the community to know that we are aware of the impact his actions have on you. We will continue to protect you and to be as transparent as possible while doing so, " said Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez.

Diaz was suspended without pay. He is currently being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center without bail.

Online court records do no list a lawyer for him.

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