PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A Port St. Lucie Police Detective was arrested Monday after a domestic dispute.
43-year-old Paul Knowles was arrested for misdemeanor battery after he was involved in an altercation with his wife.
Police responded to the home of the off-duty detective at 2:20 a.m.
Once on scene, officers learned that Knowles and his wife were involved in a verbal argument that turned physical.
Police say Knowles slapped his wife several times before punching her in the face.
Mrs. Knowles sustained a laceration to her lip, but refused medical treatment at the scene.
Detective Knowles has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.