Officer arrested after alleged domestic disturbance in Maricopa

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MARICOPA, Ariz. -- Police in Maricopa are investigating one of their own after allegations of domestic abuse.

According to the Maricopa Police Department, police were called the home of Officer Joshua Boyd at about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Boyd's 43-year-old wife told officers that her husband had pushed her, causing her to fall and hurt her wrist.

Police said Boyd also assaulted his 14-year-old son as the teen tried to protect his mom. His injuries were not specified, but police said both the teen and his mom were treated on the scene.

"Boyd also took a broom and began striking a separation gate until it was bent and non-functional," department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado wrote in a news release. "Once the gate was damaged, Boyd took the broom and bent it over his knee, breaking it."

Police said Boyd, 41, was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

Police believe alcohol is a factor in the incident. It's not clear if there is a history of domestic disturbances in the Boyd home.

Boyd has been with the Maricopa Police Department since 2007 and is currently assigned to state’s stolen vehicle task force. Because of that assignment, MPD said it will not release a photo.

Boyd is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Maricopa is about  40 minutes south of Phoenix in the Gila River Valley. It is one of the oldest communities in Arizona, but it was not incorporated until 2003.