SPD Domestic Violence Sergeant Arrested For Domestic Violence

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 17, 2011

A Seattle Police Department sergeant in the domestic violence unit was arrested Friday in Chelan County for domestic violence, according to police.

According to a statement released by SPD, the sergeant—a 28-year veteran—is being transferred while his case is investigated by authorities in Chelan County.

The department's Office of Professional Accountability will also investigate the case.

We'll have more details as they become available.

Update: Chelan County Sheriff's office spokesman Jerry Moore identified the sergeant as Ronald Lee Murray.

According to Moore, two Chelan County officers saw Murray dragging his girlfriend by "her hair and coat through a gravel parking lot" near the eastern gate of an Oktoberfest event in downtown Leavenworth around 11:45 pm Friday night.

Moore says when deputies arrested Murray for misdemeanor domestic violence, he identified himself as a Seattle police officer.

Murray has not yet been charged.

Update 2:

Department sources say within the last week, Sgt. Murray taught a domestic violence training class to other officers on the difference between felony and misdemeanor domestic violence incidents.

Update 3: Police sources say the victim in this case also works for the department. We're not providing any additional details about the victim or her position within SPD to protect her identity.
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