SAPD Officer Charged with Assaulting Girlfriend

A San Antonio Police Officer has been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Police say Officer Officer Stephen Melton, 41 and an 11 year veteran of the SAPD, got into a fight with Savannah Chavez at their residence on Heimer Rd. on Sunday. The police reports says Melton shoved Chavez to the ground, leading to 'visible injuries to her head..'

Melton, who was assigned to East Patrol Substation, was arrested and charged with Assault-Family Violence. Magistrate Court records saw bond has been set at $1,000. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in the county jail.

Police say Melton has been placed on administrative leave.

“I am disturbed at the allegations made against this off-duty officer," Chief William McManus said. "I’m satisfied with the quick work of the of the SAPD patrol officers and detectives who immediately began investigating and quickly made an arrest once probable cause was developed. The criminal case will be submitted to the Bexar Co. DA’s Office and Internal Affairs will conduct an administrative review. When those findings are completed, the appropriate discipline will be administered.”

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