A Mesa police detective was suspended on Friday due to an ongoing criminal investigation into domestic violence at his Chandler home.
Richard Rogers, a nine-year police veteran assigned to the gang unit, has been placed on paid suspension during the Chandler Police Department investigation and Mesa police Internal Affairs inquiry, Mesa police spokesman Sgt. Chuck Trapani said.
On Oct. 3, police responded to the home after Rogers’ wife, Christina, called 911 for help.
The fight, which began as a verbal dispute, escalated in the master bedroom, according to a Chandler police report.
Christina Rogers told police that her husband grabbed her while she was in the bedroom closet and eventually pushed her down face first onto a chair and was holding a pillow over her head, the report says.
She told police that during the sequence of events, he was on top of her on the bed, holding her arms with his hands, the report says.
She had two marks above her left eye and some light marks on both her arms, as well as a red mark on her upper back.
Richard Rogers told police that his wife slapped him a couple of times and he tried pushing her away. He said he went into the closet and told her to leave him alone.
At some point she hit him with a picture frame and was throwing candles at him, he told police.
He had a red mark on his right biceps, right wrist, three small marks on his upper left back and a swollen, almost bruised, mark on his left upper chest, the report says.
There are no charges pending against Christina Rogers due to the incident, said Maria Brewer, Chandler senior assistant city prosecutor.
The length of Richard Rogers’ suspension will be determined by the outcome of the Chandler criminal investigation, Trapani said. Internal Affairs will determine if he violated any internal policies or procedures.
Trapani said Wednesday that Richard Rogers has declined to talk to the media about the investigation.