A St. Louis police officer is facing domestic abuse and resisting arrest charges for allegedly assaulting his boyfriend.
Matthew Schanz, 26, was charged Tuesday with two counts of 2nd-degree domestic assault and resisting arrest.
According to court documents, Schanz was at his home in the 4600 block of S. Spring on March 10 when he and a 25-year-old allegedly got into a physical altercation after an argument.
Police said Schanz chocked the man and slammed his head against a bathroom wall. The victim suffered injuries to his foot, back and head.
Police said later that day, an officer attempted to pull Schanz over, but he refused to stop and attempted to flee.
He eventually pulled over and was arrested.
Police said an internal and criminal investigation led to Schanz being removed from patrol responsibilities and placed on administrative duties.
After charges were filed, Schanz was suspended without pay from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, where he has been an officer for nearly 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,” said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. “We should not allow the actions of one to diminish the hard work and dedication of the nearly 1,300 men and women who serve the citizens of this community on a daily basis.”
The department said it’s cooperating with the city circuit attorney’s office.