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Milwaukie Police Detective Arrested for Domestic AbuseSalem-News.com
It has been a very dark week for police in Oregon.
(CLACKAMAS, Ore.) - A Milwaukie Police detective was arrested for Domestic Abuse Tuesday morning, by deputies with the Clackamas Sheriff's Office.
Clackamas Sheriff Spokesman Det. Jim Strovink, says a 30-year-old mother of 4 children; who resides in an unincorporated area of Milwaukie, approached the front counter of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to report an alleged incident of domestic violence.
"This reporting victim states she is the mother of four children ranging in ages from a one-year old infant, to the eldest being a thirteen-year-old child. The attending Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Desk Officer was informed by this reporting party she was the mother of a one-year-old infant, whose father is identified as a Milwaukie Police Department detective."
This Milwaukie Police detective identified is 36-year old Thomas E. Garrett, who is known to reside in the City of Portland, according to Strovink.
"The Desk Officer was also informed by this woman that Thomas Garrett allegedly physically assaulted her – in the presence of one or more of her children – minutes earlier, at approximately 7:00 a.m. inside her Milwaukie residence."
He says the desk officer summoned the assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT). In answer to this request, a DVERT Detective and uniformed Clackamas County Deputy Sheriff responded to conduct additional interviews and pursue the allegations of this newly reported case of domestic violence.
"This team of investigators conducted a number of interviews and compiled all their investigative results. In addition, these specialized investigators initiated direct contact with Milwaukie Police Department supervisors alerting them to the ongoing criminal investigation."
Milwaukie Police responded to this notice very professionally and worked in a very cooperative fashion throughout this sensitive phase of this ongoing investigative effort."
Thomas Garrett is the biological father of a one-year-old infant whose mom says she is the victim of this reported domestic violence; which, did not result in any medically required attention to the reported victim.
"Garrett and his accuser do not reside together and are not considered legally married," Strovink added. At approximately 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Clackamas investigators responded to the Milwaukie Police Department, where they arrested Thomas Garrett; while he was working his shift at the Milwaukie Police Department.
Strovink says Garret, "was very cooperative during this arrest procedure. And, continued to be obliging with investigators while providing and consenting to a formal interview with the inquiring investigators."
He says the case now goes to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for consideration.
At 6:45 p.m. Thomas Garrett had been transported to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged for the related charge of Assault 4 (Abuse Prevention) – witnessed by children present – enhanced to a Class C Felony. Bail scheduled at $15,000.
Garrett posted bail and was released from custody.
He is now scheduled to appear for arraignment on this matter in Clackamas County Circuit Court, March 15TH, at 1:30 p.m.
Along with this incident, the NW law enforcement community has seen a tough week. An officer shot a suspect for running from a traffic stop, a man plunged 100 feet to his death running from a police traffic stop, a Washington trooper was shot in the head, a Roseburg officer was struck head-on during a police chase, a Clackamas veteran sheriff sergeant Murdered two women and shot a third before turning the gun on himself, and one of the state's top law enforcement officials with the AG's office was arrested over the weekend on assault and strangulation charges.
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