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Matthew Schanz is facing domestic abuse and resisting arrest charges for allegedly assaulting his boyfriend.

Matthew Schanz is facing domestic abuse and resisting arrest charges for allegedly assaulting his boyfriend.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A St. Louis police officer is charged with domestic assault and resisting arrest for allegedly attacking his boyfriend.

Police say 26-year-old Matthew Schanz and a 25-year-old man got into an argument, which became physical, in the early morning hours of March 10th, 2013.

Officer Schanz is accused of choking the man and striking his head against a bathroom wall. The victim had injuries to his food, back and head.

Schanz is suspended without pay. He worked for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for the last three years.

“The department remains committed to upholding the law with the highest standards. We remain vigilant in our efforts to identify those who compromise its integrity and professionalism. We should not allow the actions of one to diminish the hard work and dedication of the nearly 1300 men and women who serve the citizens of this community on a daily basis”, said Chief Sam Dotson.

fled after officers arrived at his home, before eventually pulling over.

Police say the incident happened about 1:15 a.m. on March 10 while Schanz was off-duty. Schanz and a 25-year-old man allegedly got into a physical altercation after an argument. The victim had injuries to his foot, back and head.

Today, the Circuit Attorney’s Office issued warrants for two counts of 2nd Degree
Domestic Assault and one count of Resisting/Interfering with Arrest against Police Officer
Matthew Schanz, a 26-year old male. The warrants are a result of an off-duty incident that
occurred on March 10, 2013. Officer Schanz has been a police officer with the department for
nearly three years. He had been assigned to the Sixth District and the Police Academy.
The department launched an internal and criminal investigation into the incident.
During the investigation, Officer Schanz was relieved of his patrol responsibilities and placed
on administrative duty, having no law enforcement interaction with citizens. After formal
charges were filed, today, Officer Schanz was suspended from his duties as a St. Louis Police
Officer.
“The department remains committed to upholding the law with the highest standards.
We remain vigilant in our efforts to identify those who compromise its integrity and
professionalism. We should not allow the actions of one to diminish the hard work and
dedication of the nearly 1300 men and women who serve the citizens of this community on a
daily basis”, said Chief Sam Dotson.
This is an ongoing criminal investigation and the department is cooperating with the
Circuit Attorney’s Office.
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