Mohave County deputy accused of assaulting mother-in-law

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Steven Armstrong By Jennifer Thomas Steven Armstrong By Jennifer Thomas

FORT MOHAVE, Ariz. -- A Mohave County sheriff's deputy faces three misdemeanor counts of domestic violence after his mother-in-law accused him of assaulting her last month.

Janet Reed, 60, contacted Bullhead City police on Nov. 21, alleging that she had been assaulted by Steven Armstrong at his home, according to Trish Carter with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Police officers responded to Armstrong's residence in Fort Mohave and interviewed him.

Armstrong, 35, told the officers that his 34-year-old estranged wife, Kimberly, came to the residence to gather some personal belongings. They began to argue then Reed came into the home.

Reed reported that she was assaulted by her son-in-law.

Police notified the sheriff's office of the incident and Armstrong was placed on paid administrative leave the same day.

Police said no one has been arrested at this time, but a summons has been issued for all parties.
Armstrong faces one count of assault per domestic violence and two counts of disorderly conduct per domestic violence. Armstrong's mother-in-law and wife each face a charge of disorderly conduct per domestic violence.

Armstrong has been employed with the sheriff's office since 2008. Carter said Armstrong will remain on paid administrative leave while awaiting the findings of an internal investigation.