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Port St. Lucie police officer arrested after domestic dispute

Posted at 2:54 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 14:54:27-05

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.